Duck Fat Kettle Corn
Use Mississippi-grown kernels for this sweet and salty treat.
Recipes Contributed by John Mark Looney | Photographed by Joe Worthem
With the Oscars just over, and the Oxford Film Festival this month, we’ve got the movies on our mind. And what goes better with a movie than a big bowl of fluffy, warm popcorn? John Mark Looney’s 6 Mile Farm in Tribbett produces Crop to Pop popcorn, available at Chicory Market in Oxford. Try popping Looney’s sweet Duck Fat Kettle Corn, or follow his tips for making perfect classic popcorn and experiment with different oils and seasonings.
Duck Fat Kettle Corn
2 tablespoons duck fat
½ cup popcorn kernels, or just enough to cover bottom of pan with a single layer
¼-½ cup sugar
In a large pot with a lid, heat the duck fat over medium-high heat. Place 2 or 3 kernels in the pot. When they start to pop, add the rest of the popcorn kernels.
When the popcorn starts to pop, add the sugar, replace the lid and keep the popcorn moving.
When popping slows, pour the popcorn onto a cookie sheet and spread to cool (do not wait until all popping has stopped; it will burn). Dust lightly with salt.
For plain popcorn, use 1 tablespoon oil instead of duck fat and omit the sugar.
Looney’s Tips for Perfect Popcorn
Try different salts and spices. Any ready-made spice mix such as a barbecue rub, Greek or Italian seasoning works really well.
Experiment with different oils to impart different flavors. Looney says his favorite combination is duck fat seasoned with black truffle salt.
If seasoning with spices other than salt, grind them first with a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle so they stick to the popcorn. Always add seasoning after popping. The seasoning will burn if it’s mixed with the kernels before cooking.
For a fluffier popped kernel, try turning down the heat a little. Crop to Pop is specifically bred for eating quality, so it shouldn’t get tough.
Air poppers work great; so do silicone and plastic microwave popping devices. You can even put popcorn in a paper bag, roll the top and stick it in the microwave. All seasonings should be ground to stick to the popcorn made without oil, or use spray oil.