Popcorn with Garlic, Thyme and Black Pepper

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Popcorn with garlic, thyme and black pepper has an amazing, yet subtle flavor.  If you can, use a fabulous popcorn whirlypop that are available from Chefs.  They are top notch in quality, and produce fully, equally popped corn, that is simply wonderful.  Popcorn with garlic, thyme and black peppers is wonderful served at a holiday party or special occasion.   So good.
Popcorn with Garlic, Thyme and Black Pepper in a red and white basket next to a red and white patterned napkin

Popcorn with Garlic, Thyme and Black Pepper

Popcorn with Garlic, Thyme and Black Pepper is wonderful. Its really great for a party, especially at the holidays! Using a Whirlypop from Chefs makes this popcorn come out better than at the movie theaters! Start infusing the corn kernels for this dish a couple days for you pop the corn.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Popcorn
Prep Time: 2 days
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 days 15 minutes
Servings: 15 cups
Calories: 146kcal


  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup un-popped popcorn kernels
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 8 sprigs sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves stems removed


  • Heat oil in a medium pan over medium heat for about 3 minutes
  • Remove from heat, then transfer to a medium bowl
  • Add the popcorn kernels, garlic, thyme sprigs, and 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Cover and let stand at room temp for 24 to 48 hours
  • Drain the kernels though a fine sieve, reserving the oil - discarding the garlic and thyme
  • Take 3 tablespoons of the oil and add it with the kernels to a large pan with a lid (preferably a whirly pop)
  • Heat over high heat, lid on, for about 4 minutes, shaking the pan, or turning the whirly pop handle, continuously.
  • Pop the corn until the popping slow down to 2 or 3 pops every few seconds.
  • Remove from heat and leave for 2 or 3 minutes until the popping stops.
  • Transfer the popcorn to a large bowl, and add the remaining salt, black pepper, garlic powder, fresh thyme, and 5 tablespoons of the remaining oil.
  • Stir carefully until well blended.
  • Serve immediately or allow to cool


Calories: 146kcal
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whirly pop makes a perfectly popped popcorn
A whirly pop ensure perfectly popped corn
kernals for popcorn with garlic, thyme and black pepper
drain the garlic infused popcorn kernals



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  • I made this the other day. I let it set for 48 hours. I was rather tasty. I need to do one of two things – either make half a recipe or find someone else to eat it with (my wife is alergic to corn) because I ate all of it. I plan on experementing with some other fresh herbs from our garden.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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