Here’s an easy one to whip up before your next movie night–Parmesan Herb Paprika Popcorn Seasoning! All it takes is some Parmesan cheese, a food processor, and a few household ingredients from your spice rack.
Oh-and an air popper. If you aren’t already popping your popcorn with an air popper, I highly suggest getting one! I know, the microwave bags taste good and are conveniently easy (totally guilty here, I used to eat a bag a night!), but unfortunately, they aren’t the greatest for you. I did a little research, and found out that not only is the microwave popcorn itself unhealthy, the bag is too! Each bag is lined with perfluorooctanoic acid, the stuff found in teflon pots and pans. Eek! Then you’ve got the artificial butter flavoring, which is loaded with partially hydrogenated oils and a slew of other chemicals I can’t even pronounce. So, while an occasional bag here and there is fine (all in moderation, right!), for the most part, we’ve ditched the microwave popcorn at our house now. And I have to say, we really don’t miss it!
Mmm, how do you like your popcorn seasoned? Just a sprinkle? Or fully loaded? When it comes to seasonings, I personally like to load it on thick! This seasoning has got all your taste buds covered–it’s salty, a little smoky sweet from the paprika, with just the right amount of cheesy Italian herb flavor to send you into snacking heaven.
And the best part is it is all natural. You can pronounce every one of these ingredients, I promise. So go ahead and dig in.
Parmesan Herb Paprika Popcorn Seasoning
The perfect cheesy herb blend to sprinkle on your popcorn!
- 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
- 1 1/2` tsp sweet paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
Add all ingredients to a food processor, and mix, on high, until finely minced.
Drizzle a mixture of melted butter and olive oil over air popped popcorn, then sprinkle the popcorn seasoning on top, and mix well.
This recipe makes enough for two large batches of air popper popcorn. Store leftover seasoning in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can also use this seasoning on homemade french fries or roasted vegetables!