We're big fans of the show LOST, so of course we'll be tuning in for the finale extravaganza this Sunday. And, of course, that means some appropriately LOST-themed snacks. Our Smoke Monster Popcorn is an homage to that mysterious, evil force we've learned so much about recently. Does it look like it's just popcorn covered in black pepper? Trust us, it's not. Read on – the secrets of our recipe will be revealed.
Warning: The following may contain spoilers from previously aired episodes. Normally, we might not want to serve popcorn that looks like it's covered in smokey dust, but this is a special occasion. Plus, it's actually quite tasty. The black powder is made from a combination of mild Nigella seeds, tangy ground loomi, black pepper, smoked salt and poppy seeds.
To serve the popcorn, we chose a carved wooden box with a mysterious island-like quality and lined it with plastic wrap. But if you don't have one of those laying around, a bowl will work just fine. And then we decided to take it one step further by cutting out magazine photos of some of the departed characters and taping them to wooden skewers to be swallowed up by the monster. True, none of these major characters were killed directly by the smoke monster, but we couldn't find any photos of Mr. Eko, Bram or the pilot. Those are a little hard to come by.
Here's one more serving tip: Reserve a bit of the spice mixture (or make a little extra) to sprinkle over the top right before serving to make it look extra smokey.
Smoke Monster Popcorn
serves 6 as a snack
1/3 cup popcorn kernels, popped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Nigella seeds (also called black seeds)
1 teaspoon ground loomi (also called black lemon)
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon smoked salt (or regular salt)
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
Pop popcorn using your preferred method.
Meanwhile, combine Nigella seeds, loomi, black peppercorns and smoked salt in a spice grinder. Grind to a fine powder.
Place popcorn in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to combine well. Sprinkle with spice mixture and poppy seeds. Mix to combine.
Related: How To: Make Popcorn
(Images: Joanna Miller, LOST magazine images: Entertainment Weekly)