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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

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
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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  • 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