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CHEESY POPCORN BREAD

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Updated: February 24, 2013 6:02AM



MAKES 9 SQUARES

4 cups plain popped popcorn

1 cup yellow cornmeal

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 cup 2 percent milk

¼ cup vegetable oil

1 cup shredded jack or pepper jack cheese

1 (4-ounce) can mild, diced green chiles, drained (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.

Process popcorn in blender or food processor until finely ground. Pour ground popcorn into large bowl; stir in cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt until blended.

In small bowl, beat egg, milk and vegetable oil; stir into popcorn mixture just until blended. Scatter cheese and, if desired, chiles over batter and stir just until evenly distributed. Pour batter into prepared pan; bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned at edges and tester comes out clean. Cut into squares to serve.

National Popcorn Board



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