Brown Butter and Parmesan Popcorn

Brown Butter Parmesan Popcorn

Have I ever mentioned that I’m a self-proclaimed popcorn connoisseur? Well…ok, maybe not a true connoisseur, but I pop a lot of it, eat a lot of it and love a lot of it. There’s not a tastier snack than warm fresh popped corn simply tossed with salt and butter. And I do know that not all popcorns are created equal. And really, can you watch a movie without popcorn? Heck no!

Popcorn and apple

I came by my love of popcorn honestly. My father’s favorite evening snack was a bowl of popcorn, a sliced apple and some Colby cheese. He popped it himself on the stovetop in his favorite popcorn popping skillet. Which come to think of it was also my mother’s favorite fried chicken skillet.
Whirley Pop pan

I’ve always popped corn in a skillet. It’s easy enough to do, just add 3 T. oil and 1/2 cup popcorn and put a lid on it. When it starts to pop, grab the handle, get a tight grip on to the lid and shake the devil out of it until there are no more kernels popping. Then pick out the old maids. Thanks to my friend Vickie, who a few years ago filled me in on the Whirley Pop popcorn maker. I placed my order immediately and the rest is history. It practically lives on my stove-top and it pops corn like a pro. It’s quick and is the best and easiest way to make a great bowl of popcorn. With it’s unique spin techbology, it keeps the corn turning and popping with uniformity. I challenge you to find more than a couple old maids.

Green Tea Oil for popcorn

Before the Holidays, I was contacted by Wabash Valley Farms, the center of the popcorn universe, and seller of the Whirley Pop, asking if I’d be willing to try out a couple of their products, green tea oil, lemon pepper popcorn and some fine sea salt. “You bet” was my quick answer. I’ve used canola, vegetable, coconut, and my latest oil of choice has been olive oil. I prefer olive and grapeseed because it pops a nice fluffy light colored popcorn and it brings out natural flavors of the popcorn.

This organic green tea oil worked like a charm. It heated up quicker and gave us a bowl of popcorn with pure flavor. It truly is a great oil for popping. The Lemon Yellow Popcorn was delicate, white and fluffy. A perfect popcorn if you ask me.  We loved the products.

And, thanks to Wabash Valley Farms, one lucky reader will get the same gift set of Lemon Yellow Popcorn, Green Tea Oil and Fine Salt. Just pay a visit to their website and check out their line up of products. If you’re a popcorn lover like me, you’ll have a great time browsing. And if you’re not the popcorn fiend in your family, consider this set for a gift for the popcorn lover in your life.

How do you win? Just leave a comment telling me what caught your eye. Also, please share your favorite popcorn flavor combination, I’m always looking for ideas. Comments must received by midnight February 23.

For the second batch of Lemon Yellow Popcorn, I tossed it with some browned butter and parmesan. Delicious. The brown butter adds a great nutty flavor and the parmesan is salty and savory adding up to a great snack.

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Brown Butter and Parmesan Popcorn
Recipe type: Snack
  • 3 T. oil
  • ½ C. popcorn kernels
  • 3 T. unsalted butter
  • 6 T. grated Parmesan
  • ¼ t. salt
  1. Place oil and popcorn in your Whirley Pop popcorn maker or pan. Pop and place in a large bowl.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Swirl or stir the butter with a wooden spoon as it starts to foam and sputter. Remove the butter from the heat as soon as it begins to turn golden brown and smells nutty, about 1 minute.
  3. Drizzle the butter over the popcorn. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and salt and toss well.

Brown Butter and Parmesan Popcorn…It’s what’s for a Snack.

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  1. says

    I love popcorn too. Nothing is better than warm popcorn and something sweet to go with it. The apple is perfect or chocolate chips sprinkled over it. But it is messy! I’ve never seen Wabash Valley Popcorn. But I’d love to try it sometime.

    I’d love it if you shared this at What’d You Do This Weekend.

    Have a poppin’ good week,
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  2. says

    We only eat popcorn at the movies, but our little independent theater has some great seasonings you can sprinkle on like Cajun, ranch, and cinnamon/sugar. That is after we dowse it in butter. I would like to enjoy that “pure flavor” that you mention. (Apples and cheese remind me of my mom.) :)
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  3. Gloria R. says

    What caught my eye was all the popcorn (love the stuff) but more than that, it was the
    6qt Silver Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper, For years I have used a black wire popcorn popping basket from way back when but it finally fell apart. I have been using a skillet but have been keeping an eye out for a new popper. I really like the Whirley Pop Popper. :)

  4. Gloria R. says

    Oh, you also wanted to know my favorite flavor. I am very much like you and love to experiment with all kinds of herbs and spices. One of my favorite if Buffalo Wing flavor with some hot sauce put into the melted butter and then mixed in with the popcorn. I also like to shake a little parm on it too.

  5. says

    My daughter, the popcorn fiend will be thrilled with the Purple popcorn. And her favorite way to eat popcorn is to make it in some bacon fat and sprinkled bacon bits in the popcorn.
    I must look up the whirley popcorn maker. It sounds so much easier than the skillet I use right now.
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  6. says

    I love, love, love popcorn, but I’m a very simplistic popcorn eater.. my favorite combo is butter and salt :)
    I have a whirley pop too and I love it… makes the whole process so very easy!!!

  7. Molomatic says

    They have so many fabulous floors, it would be hard to choose just one. So, I like their 4 season sampler! We do family movie night every Friday and usually have popcorn. My family loves kettle corn. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  8. Colleen says

    Thanks, Lea Ann. We love the Whirley Pop, too. The last vacation my mom and I took together before she passed away was to visit relatives and it was there that we both shared for the first time, and loved :), popcorn popped in the Whirley. I’ve had my Whirley Pop popper ever since and still see mom’s joyful expression when I set ours going on the stove. Time for some popcorn right now! Colleen

  9. says

    I love popcorn also and pretty much think that a movie without popcorn is like a margarita without tequila….

    I will have to remember the Wabash Site this year when I’m getting ready for the holidays. I like giving people movie tickets for Christmas because it’s something most people will use, but think how cute it would be to get one of those cute gift baskets and just add the tickets to it?

    I’m a big fan of just butter and salt, but sometimes I like a little Parmesan (the kind that comes in the green can). I’m going to try brown butter and parm, that looks perfect!
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  10. says

    Oh how I love popcorn and oh how I love my Whirley Pop. So much so that I have two, one at the cabin (it’s red) and the same one as you at home. Their new product line is intriguing. Our favorite popcorn is truffle, sea salt and black pepper. The brown butter sounds delicious though, I’ll be giving it a try for sure!
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  11. says

    Yeah for popcorn!! love this snack more than any other – and that lemon yellow corn sounds wonderful. I looked at their site and immediately found the (GMO free!) Baby White popcorn that I love so much. I also found a tiny Lemon Yellow Heirloom that sounds delicious! I also see that they offer some other poppers since I got my Whirlypop. I’m craving that outdoor popper, now, for camping. Great find!
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