My all-time favorite snack is jazzed up with savory herb butter, seasoned with salt and pepper, and finished off with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Movie nights just got a whole lot better!
I’m sure you all know by now just how much I love popcorn. I refer to my cheesy pepper popcorn in almost every post, so if you weren’t aware of my obsession you are about to be made aware! I could eat popcorn every single day and not tire of it. If you haven’t read my post about the cheesy pepper popcorn, go read it. You’ll learn all about my addiction there.
I’ve mentioned recently that I’m trying to limit my popcorn intake to once a week. Otherwise I will eat it on a daily basis, and while a small bowl might be ok, a big one is not. And I can’t only eat a small bowl!
Anyway, I was able to make it one whole week without popcorn. I’ve deemed Wednesday’s my popcorn day and 2 weeks ago I made my big bowl of Wednesday popcorn and my Whirley Pop broke. At first I panicked, but then I told myself it would be fine. I’ll just pick up a new one for next weeks popcorn. Except, I really wanted popcorn the next night. Kyle insisted it could probably be fixed so before I rushed out to buy a new one, he took a look.
At first glance he said “oh I could glue this part of the gear and it will be fine”. Well, the super glue was dried up and unusable. He told me he’d have to pick up more over the weekend and fix it then. I stood there in disbelief. The weekend? I wanted my popcorn! I then told him that if my dad were here he would find a way to fix it. My dad is the handyman everyone wants in their life. He can fix anything – even if you think it can’t be fixed, he will find a way to fix it. It’s times like those that I wish I wasn’t 2 hours away!
So, with my
persistence whining, Kyle put a little more thought into it. The tools came out and with a little tinkering (and duct tape) he fixed it! Moments later I had my popcorn. So, what does that have to do with this recipe? Well, once I had it twice in a row it was all I thought about everyday until Wednesday came again.
I decided to get a little creative that day and my herb buttered popcorn was born.
I always have some fresh herbs in my fridge. They are great for enhancing all sorts of dishes and make a great addition to butter! If you’ve never had a compound butter, it’s basically just a flavored butter. You can add spices, herbs, etc. to create a compound butter and then use them to enhance grilled meats, vegetables, pasta dishes, and popcorn!
I used a mixture of parsley, thyme, and rosemary (all from my CSA box) and mixed them up with some grass-fed butter. Have you ever tried grass-fed butter before? If not you need to! It’s so much tastier than regular butter. However, regular butter will work here too. Once it’s mixed up I melt it and drizzle the freshly popped corn with the butter, season it well with salt and pepper, and then top it off with some parmesan cheese. The cheese is optional, though.
Seriously, if you don’t make stovetop popcorn yet go out and get yourself a Whirley Pop and try it! You’ll be back to thank me. It’s just that good. You may even become addicted too.
One more quick story…
I came down with a cold last Wednesday. Now, most people lose their appetite or just eat soup when they are sick. Not me. I get more of an appetite… and I crave popcorn (of course). Not only did I enjoy it Wednesday, but also Thursday and Friday. Being sick is an excuse to eat whatever you want, right?
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- ½ Cup White Popcorn Kernels (I recommend the brand Jolly Time)
- 2 Tablespoons Herb Butter, melted, (recipe follows)
- Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Parmesan Cheese, for topping
- Add the coconut oil and popcorn kernels to a stovetop popcorn popper (or large pot with lid) and heat over medium heat. Once you start hearing popping start turning the crank on the popper (or shake the pot if you’re using a regular pot) and keep it moving until the popping slows.
- Pour the popcorn into a large bowl, drizzle evenly with the herb butter and season with salt and pepper. Toss well.
- Top with parmesan cheese, if desired.
- *This would serve 2 normal sized portions - I however consider this a single serving for myself.
- 1 Stick Grass Fed Butter (or regular butter), softened
- 3 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Thyme, removed from stems
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary, removed from stems
- Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a mini food processor and pulse until the herbs are finely chopped and combined into the butter.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 month.
- Herb butter is a great addition to grilled meats, pasta, rice, etc. Basically anything you like butter on!