Looking for a popcorn topping that’s more than typical butter and salt but without all the added icky artificial flavoring and colors?
We LOVE popcorn.
Sweet, salty, nutty…basically every which way. We LOVE it.
But as a whole foodie family, we do not love the icky chemical fake stuff that most popcorn toppings are made of.
Well, great things often come as the result of mistakes. That includes great popcorn seasoning recipes. Like this one. It just might be the best popcorn topping you have ever tasted.
Yes, good things often come from mistakes. Just like Chat Masala, our family’s beloved Indian seasoning, which came about when I mistakenly mixed spices in the wrong proportions. (It’s amazing and if you haven’t tried it yet, hop on over there and do so.)
Well, for you trivia buffs, here is part of an article from Associated Content on other great inventions that were the result of mistakes, one of them being penicillin.
Amongst all of the above mentioned inventions, penicillin is the best invention ever created by a mistake. In 1928 Scientist Alexander Fleming decided to go on a vacation without cleaning his workstation. On returning we saw a strange fungus on some of his cultures. He also noticed that the bacteria didn’t thrive close to those cultures. Till today, penicillin is one of the most widely used antibiotics in the world.
You can read about a bunch of other mistaken inventions in this article.
Now, I for sure do not expect that my seasoned popcorn “invention” will make it into the next Associated Content article, but I will say that it has been a huge hit wherever it has been served. And I mean it.
Wherever we take this popcorn (and we take it EVERYWHERE), people ask us for the recipe. I’ve even been told it is seriously addictive.
This great popcorn seasoning originated one day when we were preparing popcorn to take to an outing.
We’ve been avoiding gluten (so pretzels are out of the question [except for the gluten-free ones that cost a small fortune!]) and we avoid MSG type stuff and artificial cheezey flavor that is on simply every variety of Doritoes and such snack foods. Our third-tiered snack food concern is GMO corn.
I am not as hard-lined about this as I am about the other issues that I just mentioned, but I really like to avoid regular corn chips for that reason. So, if we are going somewhere where there will likely be lots of “not OK snack foods”, we often bring our organic popcorn.
Well, you might remember from my Perfect Popcorn Recipe #2 post that we usually top our popcorn with a special blend of Herbes de Provence with added garlic and onion. On this particular day, however, our well had run dry — (meaning our container of popcorn topping was empty) and I mistakenly pulled out a similar container and proceeded to top our popcorn with–
Well, being the Charlie Brown type personality that I can be sometimes, I was quite discouraged, but as it turned out I had come upon a culinary advance for all mankind :-). Surprisingly Good Popcorn Seasoning was born.
Here’s the recipe. You can also visit my post on Vegetable Broth mix for other tips on using the mix and additional time and money saving tips as well.
Oh – and in my opinion, the best way to pop popcorn is in this handy dandy crank handle stainless steel popper:
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Special Seasoning Popcorn Recipe
4 T celery salt (Here is how to make your own celery salt.)
4 T dried parsley flakes
6 t garlic powder
6 t salt (I recommend Real Salt.)
6 t ground summer savory (can try subbing thyme, but it will be a tad stronger)
2 t dried marjoram
2 t dried thyme
1 t pepper
1 t turmeric
1 t ground sage
Combine all in a small bowl. Store in glass or plastic container with a tight fitting lid. Stir or shake occasionally before use to redistribute ingredients. Simply sprinkle on top of freshly popped popcorn and enjoy!
So, the next time you are hunkering for some yummy organic popcorn, try topping it this way!
Want some more great popcorn snack ideas? How about:
And don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen!! The results may surprise you!
And if you are looking for a good place to get spices, try Frontier or Mountain Rose Herbs. I personally like Frontier’s quality better, but Mountain Rose Herbs has organic spices at bulk prices and you don’t need to buy a ton to save!