SWEET-SALTY-KICKY KETTLE CORN
¼ cup neutral vegetable or peanut oil ½ cup popcorn kernels ¼ cup granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ¾ teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 375ºf. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside. In a large, heavy-bottomed pan with a lid, heat the oil over medium/ medium-high. Add 3 kernels of corn and once they've popped, add the sugar and cayenne pepper and stir constantly until the sugar starts to melt. Add the remaining popcorn kernels and continue to stir constantly until the first few kernels start to pop. Add the lid and continue popping over the heat, shaking the pan back and forth constantly (NOT up and down) until the popping slows down. Take the popcorn from the heat, continuing to shake the pot all the while, and transfer the popped corn to a large bowl. Continue shaking the pan, otherwise, the sugar will burn. Season with salt to taste.
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