This month’s #FoodieExtravaganza theme is popcorn. TheFoodie Extravaganza is a monthly party hosted by bloggers who love food! Each month we incorporate one main ingredient or theme into recipes to share with you. Thanks to Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla for hosting this poppin’ party.
There wasn’t any question about whether I’d participate in the first Foodie Extravaganza of 2017.
Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. Or meals… Truth be told, one of my favorite things to do with my mom is have a dinner of popcorn while watching movies (or catching up on Once Upon a Time).
The thing I miss most about movie theater dates is 80% the movie theater popcorn and 20% getting lost in a movie plotline. We got the chance to see Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them in early December when my parents were visiting and while the theater was great with insanely comfy seats, the popcorn was a letdown. I’d be way more upset about it if it weren’t a Harry Potter franchise movie.
The at-home popcorn snack I’m sharing today is spicy and savory. It utilizes za’atar, an herbal spice blend popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. I’d heard of the seasoning watching Food Network and when my sister-in-law asked if there was a spice I wanted to try, I instantly had an answer for her. I’m looking forward to exploring more uses for it, but this popcorn pretty much hits it out of the park.
Spicy Za’atar Popcorn
- canola oil
- 1/2 C popcorn kernels
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp za’atar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne
- Put canola oil in pot over medium high heat along with 2-3 kernels of popcorn. Cover and stand by. Once you hear the kernels pop, add the 1/2 C of popcorn. Cover and cook over medium heat until popping slows. Gently shake the pot during the popping process so as not to burn the popcorn at the bottom. Remove from heat and remain covered until popping has ceased, unless you want to be pelted with popcorn. (If you have another method of popping popcorn, feel free to use it.) Place popcorn in a large bowl.
- While popcorn is still hot, add the remaining ingredients and mix to distribute flavors evenly.
*This recipe is adapted from Stephanie at http://www.thekitchn.com/vegan-party-or-anytime-snack-z-136417*
Be sure to check out these other popcorn recipes:
Hubby’s Vanilla Caramel Popcorn by Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Parmesan Popcorn with Lemon & Thyme by Caroline’s Cooking
Pepperoni Pizza Popcorn by Food Lust People Love
Popcorn Cornbread by Palatable Pastime
Popcorn Pairings (Yes, With Wine) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Spicy Za’atar Popcorn by Sew You Think You Can Cook
White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Popcorn by Hardly A Goddess
White Chocolate Popcorn by Sneha’s Recipe
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