This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite childhood snacks--garlic knots! I grew up eating the pizza parlor fave of twisted dough rolled around in chopped garlic, butter, olive oil, parmesan and fresh herbs. This popcorn mixture features all the same flavor and ingredients (except the dough) in a fun and totally addictive treat.
Like always, feel free to personalize this one! Add chili flakes for more heat, chop in fresh parsley or rosemary, or skip the cheese if you're not a fan. Seriously no wrong way with this quick snack.
Garlic Knot Popcorn (Garlic Parmesan Popcorn)
Makes 10 cups
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, finely minced or grated (Use more if you'd like!)
8-10 cups plain popped popcorn (about 1/4 cup dry kernels OR 1 standard bag microwave popcorn)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (use freshly grated cheese; not the shredded kind--shredded won't coat the popcorn as well. And for the love of God, no green can stuff! ;)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
Fresh basil as a garnish (optional)
Combine butter, olive oil and garlic cloves in a small saucepan over low heat and heat until butter is completely melted and garlic is fragrant (about 2 minutes). (Keep an eye on it as it can burn quickly.) Remove from heat and let garlic infuse oil and butter at least 10 minutes (longer the better!).
Place popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Pour garlic butter mixture and toss to coat well. Drizzle on a bit more olive oil, if desired. Add cheese, herbs, salt, and pepper, and toss again to coat well. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste. Garnish with fresh basil, and serve.