This recipe was inspired by the popcorn made by Little Lad's, a group of Seventh-Day Adventists based in Corinth, Maine, and sold at stores around the region and online at www.littlelads.com.
Nutritional yeast, also known as nooch, is used to enhance the flavor and boost the nutrition in vegetarian and vegan dishes. It tastes a little cheesy and is available at health food stores and at Whole Foods Markets.
Yield: Makes about 1 gallon
- 2 tablespoons safflower or other neutral vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons dried dill
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (may substitute finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese; see headnote)
- Fine sea salt (optional)
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Once it starts to shimmer, sprinkle in the oregano, dill, thyme and crushed red pepper flakes, then turn off the heat so the herbs and pepper can infuse the oil for at least 15 minutes.
Pop the popcorn in an air popper or using your favorite method. Transfer it to a large paper bag. While it is still warm, drizzle the oil mixture over it, close the bag and shake to coat the popcorn. Drizzle on the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, sprinkle on the nutritional yeast, close the bag and shake to combine. Taste, and add salt if needed.
From Food editor Joe Yonan, author of the upcoming "Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook" (Ten Speed Press, August 2013).
Tested by Joe Yonan.
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