Parmesan Garlic Herbed Popcorn

Parmesan Garlic Herbed Popcorn

This is a simple, inexpensive, and delicious treat that you can make for your family that is loaded with flavor, and much less expensive than the flavored popcorn that can be purchased in the store.  It’s simple to make and loaded with flavor.   Once you start making your own flavored popcorn, you will wonder why you never did it before.   Leftovers of this popcorn are great as an addition to lunch boxes.  It’s great as a substitute for chips alongside a sandwich.

Popcorn is another thing that I consider to be a Fall food.   In my opinion, it ranks right up there with pumpkin and apples as a seasonal food.   I’m not sure where I got the idea.  Maybe this notion stems from my childhood when popcorn balls decorated tables at Halloween parties.   Perhaps, my mom is to blame.  She would pop corn on the stove  during the fall and winter so that we could snack on it as we played cards or watched TV in the cooler evenings that kept us indoors.   The only thing that I am certain of is that I have loved popcorn for as long as I can remember.Parmesan Garlic Herbed PopcornThis version of popcorn is not the most diet friendly.  I have an air popper, but I tried making this recipe  with air popped corn, and the seasoning just wouldn’t adhere.  I know I could have  achieved the desired result by mixing the herbs and garlic into melted butter, but I wanted to try something different, and I’m so glad that I did.   The nutty flavor of the olive oil is so good on popcorn, and this has become one of our favorite savory popcorn snacks.

There are many variations possible with this recipe.  All you need to do is change the herbs and seasonings to have an entirely different flavor.  This recipe also tastes great without the Parmesan cheese, but I think that without the cheese, it requires a bit more salt.

Sue Chef says that this recipe makes her mouth happy, and Food Critic likes it too.   Bus Boy is a purist.  He only likes butter and salt on his popcorn.  As Meatloaf said, “Two out of three aint bad.”  Besides, it’s easy to set aside a bit of popcorn for him before dressing the rest with garlic, herbs, and cheese.

Here’s your recipe.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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Parmesan Garlic Herbed Popcorn
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 4
It's so ridiculously simple to make flavored popcorn that you will wonder why you never did this before. This savory version is great as a game time snack, and is delicious as a side to your lunchtime sandwich.
  • 4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt (or to taste)
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese (or more to taste)
  1. In a small bowl or cup, mix together the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large, deep pot with a lid over medium heat.
  3. When the oil is hot, drop in the popcorn kernels and gently shake the pan from side to side to ensure that the kernels are evenly distributed on the bottom of the pan. This also ensures that they are coated in oil.
  4. Place lid on pan.
  5. Keep pan over heat, gently shaking from side to side periodically.
  6. After a few minutes, you should hear the corn kernels begin to hit the inside of your pot lid as they pop.
  7. Continue to shake the pan gently as the corn pops, leaving the lid in place.
  8. The sound of the popping will become more muffled as the pan fills with popped corn.
  9. Immediately remove from heat when popping stops to prevent burning.
  10. Pour into serving bowl and sprinkle with the herb and cheese mixture, tossing well to ensure that popcorn is well coated.
  11. Serve immediately. We often have one big communal popcorn bowl, but this can be served in individual bowls, bags, or paper cones.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16.4g
Saturated Fat 2.8g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 4mg
Sodium 154mg
Total Carbohydrates 19.5g
Dietary Fiber 3.5g
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 4.4g
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4%
Iron 4%

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