By now, we’re used to celebrating special days called “World … Day,” which are usually dedicated to social, historical, or environmental causes. A quick online search can bring up the United Nations calendar with all the key dates for these commemorative days.
But did you know that there are also “National … Days,” celebrated in North America in particular? Today, we invite you to celebrate one that has been observed in both the USA and Canada since last year: National Popcorn Day, which will fall on January 19th. Once the December holidays are over, any excuse is a good one to celebrate something, right?
So, there’s World Peace Day, Earth Day, and World Water Day, and now a day dedicated to the noble popcorn kernel, too. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate it? We’ve been rediscovering this snack for a while now, and it’s currently one of the trendiest around. Plus, it’s also considered healthier than many other popular snacks. Maybe some of you think popcorn is boring, though. Well, think again! To add something extra to your snack time or movie nights, here are some original and sophisticated recipes that you can pair with wine to take the experience of sharing a bowl of popcorn to the next level.
Let’s get popping!
To get the base, in other words, the popped corn in all its bright white glory, you have some different options to choose from. The most practical is the traditional microwave-ready bag or a brown paper bag that you’ve filled with popcorn kernels (between a quarter and half a spoonful, depending on the size of the bag). For the traditionalists out there, there’s the classic pan on the stove method, which lets you play with the flavor of the popcorn by changing the basic oil used in the preparation, for example, sunflower, avocado, coconut… Or, if you’re not afraid of cholesterol, you could also try bacon fat, butter, or duck fat. The more avant-garde among you are bound to be equipped with the new home machines that pop the corn using hot air: the miniature version of the kind of machines you find in movie theaters.
Below, you’ll find three versions of flavored popcorn that you can pair with our wines from the Jean Leon 3055 range. It’s an ideal combination to impress your friends, partner, or simply to enjoy by yourself in front of a good film, while binge-watching your favorite series, or just as an original snack before an everyday dinner.
Bid farewell to the mid-January post-holiday blues by giving your popcorn an exotic and spicy twist. Melt butter or heat oil in a pan. Add a handful of raisins and pistachios, a couple of tablespoons of sugar and one tablespoon of curry powder. Let the mixture cook for a couple of minutes and after removing it from the heat source, pour it over the popcorn and mix well to ensure the popcorn is fully coated. A fresh white wine like Jean Leon 3055 will pair perfectly with this far-from-ordinary version of popcorn.
Herbes de provence ans cheese
Definitely the easiest recipe for flavoring popcorn, this one is simple and delicious. Just grind a good amount of herbes de Provence (the herb mix you can easily find in any supermarket) using a mortar and pestle to make a coarse powder. Put the popcorn in a plastic or paper bag with the herbs, add a little olive oil, and shake lovingly. Without taking anything out of the bag, add powdered cheese (even better if it’s Parmesan) and shake again to coat the popcorn, then pour out into a bowl. We could say that you can enjoy this recipe with any kind of wine, but I like it with Jean Leon 3055 Rosé in particular. A pale, delicate rosé that takes me from the middle of winter right back to the heat of summer. Who said rosé was just for hot weather?
Porcini and gruyère
Popcorn with red wine? Definitely! With a glass of Jean Leon 3055 3055 Merlot-Petit Verdot, mushroom lovers can discover a pairing of the most delectable variety. Blitz some dried porcini mushrooms in a blender until a powder has formed. Add parsley and coarse salt and pulse another couple of times. Put the popcorn in a plastic or paper bag with the porcini powder, add a little olive oil, and shake lovingly. If you’d like, you can add a little grated Gruyère cheese, too.
As you can see, it’s simple and easy to add flavors and something a bit different to a humble bowl of popcorn. Let your imagination run wild and create your own combinations. And to give it a touch of sophistication and trendiness, pair your popcorn with a nice wine from the Jean Leon 3055 range.
If you’d like to show off your popcorn creations paired with our wines to the rest of the world, snap a photo and share it on social media using the hashtag #NationalPopcornDay and our handle @jeanleon1963.
Sergi Castro Solé