Popcorn doesn’t have to be buttered to be delicious. There are so many great recipes offering a variety of flavors and blends. I have a couple I made recently that I love. One is a sweet and crunchy Caramel Popcorn and the other is a Savory Popcorn Blend made with a variety of herbs, nuts and dried fruit.
Savory Popcorn Blend
The Savory Popcorn is made with a blend of herbs, nuts and cranberries. The star of this recipe is the sage leaves. They are fried in olive oil until they are crispy. You can crumble them or simply add them whole. Then mix in olive oil, pecans, cranberries, rosemary and parsley. The flavor is amazing.
A savory “adult” popcorn with a blend of herbs, pecans and dried cranberries. The fried sage leaves add an amazing flavor.
to taste salt
1tablespoonfresh rosemaryfinely chopped
1tablespoonfresh thymefinely chopped
dash cayenne pepper(optional)
Heat 3 tablespoons of canola oil with a few popcorn kernels in a large pot over medium high heat. Wait until one or two of the kernels pops and then add the remaining kernels, cover with a tight fitting lid and cook. Shake the pot occasionally until the popping subsides. This should take 3-5 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of canola oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the sage leaves and cook until crisp (about 5 seconds) and then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel. Season with salt and repeat with the remaining sage leaves.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the black pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper (optional).
Combine the popcorn, pecans, dried cranberries, parsley, rosemary and thyme in a large bowl. Drizzle with the butter mixture, season with salt and toss.
Crumble the fried sage leaves over the popcorn mixture and toss gently.
Savory Popcorn Blend
Amount Per Serving
Calories 535Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Vitamin A 527IU11%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
I’ll admit that I’m not a huge sweet eater, but I do love the flavor of caramel popcorn. I found that most of the caramel popcorn I have had was always too sweet and sticky. If you love caramel corn, you’ll enjoy this recipe. It’s so easy to make and has great flavor. Best of all, it’s not sticky and will stay crunchy for several days.