Sage and Fennel Popcorn

A quick snack before, during and after the game that's really easy to make, this popcorn will make you happy you decided to forgo the microwave stuff and remind you of fall, thanks to its seasonings. 1/3 cup of canola or peanut oil 15 sage leaves 1 cup of popping corn 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons fennel seeds In a large pot with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat until almost smoking. Place 10 sage leaves in and fry until they are dark and crisp. Move the fried sage leaves to a paper towel. While the oil is still hot and the flame is still at medium heat, add the popcorn and coat with the oil. Cover the pot and let sit until you start to hear popping sounds. Shake the pot back and forth over the heat until you hear no more popping sounds. Remove pot from the heat. Place the fried sage leaves, fresh sage leaves, salt and fennel seeds in a coffee grinder. Grind until it is a fine powder. Add spice mixture to the popcorn and mix to combine. Pour into a bowl and enjoy immediately.
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