Any popcorn addicts out there? I’ve admitted a few times that popcorn is a huge weakness for both Alex and me. Luckily, we’ve broken our daily habit (though popcorn + Netflix is so darn comforting after a long day at work, am I right?), and started using it for special occasions. This recipe counts as a “special occasion” kind of popcorn, and it’s a perfect easy entertaining recipe and healthy snack for Christmas parties and holiday gatherings.
Alex whipped this up a few weeks ago for a party, and it accidentally turned out so delicious that we wanted to share it with you. We use an air popper for our popcorn, after years of ruining our pots with smelly oil using the stove top method. The air popper is so much easier – we use this air popper, which is now available in our gift shop. We’ve added butter, some mixed herbs, and a surprise ingredient – nutritional yeast. It’s a deactivated yeast that’s sometimes used in vegetarian and vegan dishes for its cheesy, savory taste. It sounds a bit odd, but give it a try! You may be surprised. (We get ours here.)
We hope you enjoy this recipe as you count down to the holidays! Below are all the gift and recipe ideas we’ve compiled this month — let us know if you give any a try!
Our Gift Shop (the kitchen tools and cookbooks we use)
Warther Knives (beautiful handcrafted knives)
Give back to a Cambodian Cooking School (help us meet our matching donation!)
Blue Apron (gift box with recipes and fresh food)
fashionABLE scarves and totes (supporting sustainable business in Africa)
Aprons by Uli (my hairdresser makes aprons from recycled men’s shirts)
Holiday Entertaining Recipes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes (Healthy)
Soft Gingerbread Cookies
Garlic and Rosemary White Bean Dip
Homemade Christmas Biscuits and Cranberry Jam
Baked Goat Cheese and Tomatoes
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast in the form of a yellow powder; it’s popular for adding flavor to vegetarian or vegan dishes. Using nutritional yeast with popcorn adds a cheesy flavor. We purchase our nutritional yeast here.
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon dried all herb mixture (for example, a mix of basil, rosemary, savory, tarragon, and thyme)
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
- Fine popcorn salt (Tip: To make popcorn salt, crush kosher salt using a mortar and pestle)
- Pop the popcorn in an air popper or using your favorite method.
- Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add 1 tablespoon dried herbs and 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast; stir to combine. Pour the mixture over the popcorn, and sprinkle with popcorn salt to taste.