My 7 year old daughter Danica has recently shown great interest in helping to prepare meals. She can now crack and egg and fry it (with assistance), boil pasta noodles and even made an excellent batch of brownies last week. I love that she is interested in cooking and I hope her passion for it continues. Maybe someday she can compete on MasterChef Junior. Probably not likely, but I can dream for her right?
MasterChef Junior is getting ready for their second season premiere this Tuesday Nov 4th at 8/7 central on FOX.
MasterChef Junior gives the best junior home cooks in America the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges. Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay is joined by restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot on the MasterChef Junior judging panel.
Each week, the eight to thirteen year old contestants will be coached and encouraged by the celebrated food experts as they compete in exciting challenges. In the end, one talented kid will be named America’s newest MasterChef Junior, receiving a $100,000 prize and the coveted MasterChef Junior trophy.
In preparation for the season premiere my family received an awesome MasterChef Junior viewing box full of exciting food ideas and supplies to get my family involved in making a tasty treat to eat while we enjoy the premiere. We went ahead and made one of the yummy popcorn treats this past week just to try it out before premiere night.
- ½ cup popcorn kernels
- ¼ cup cooking oil (such as vegetable or grape seed)
- ½ cup parmesan
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- Cover the bottom of a large pot with a light coating of cooking oil.
- Place 4 kernels in pan. When they pop, your oil is hot. Add enough popcorn to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Lower the heat, shake the pan to spread kernels, and cover.
- When the popping begins to slow, remove the pan from the heat.
- In a separate bowl, mix parmesan, olive oil, salt and rosemary.
- Add the rosemary mixture to the popcorn pot and toss lightly.
- Transfer popcorn to serving bowl or individual bags. Enjoy!
Now I have to admit, we cheated and used an air popper instead of popping in the pan. This was probably a mistake, because the rosemary mixture did not want to stick to our popcorn. We also decided to add some garlic salt to our popcorn as we love garlic salt.
It was fun to get the kids all involved in the process. We had them each measure out and pour in one of the ingredients.
The outcome was great. At least my husband and I thought so. The kids weren’t huge fans of the rosemary, but they ate it anyway.
I can’t wait to try some of the other fun recipes we received like the Sweet Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn and watch the season premiere of MasterChef Junior on Tuesday Nov 4 at 8/7 central.
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One lucky reader will receive their own MasterChef Junior Viewing Box like the one I received. (A $45 Value!)
DIY Popcorn Kit:
- (1) Lit Card
- (5) Recipe Cards
- (1) Paper Chef Hat
- (1) Set of Measuring Spoons
- (4) Junior Spices
- (2) DIY Seasoning Jars
- (1) Popcorn Mason Jar
- (6) MCJ Popcorn Boxes
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Disclosure: I received a Viewing Box for purpose of this review however all thoughts remain my own.