Fancy Popcorn

by Her Happy Balance on February 18, 2014

Some of my favorite restaurants are breweries. Is that strange? I mean the places obviously specialize in beer and not necessarily food, yet oftentimes they end up serving some pretty spot on bar food. I’m not talking pub mix or peanuts, but more like speciality spring rolls and hot wings, lamb and pork belly sliders, and fancy nachos. Maybe it’s just the vibe I get, but I think it’s so cool to be able to enjoy a craft brew with elegant bar food. So in an attempt to take a normal snack and spiff it up a bit, I tried my hand at a fancier version of popcorn….and then I ate the whole bowl on the couch {by myself} in my sweatpants while watching How I Met Your Mother reruns. Yeah, well at least my food was kind of classy 😉

Fancy popcorn

Fancy Popcorn
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp. Truffle Oil
  2. 2 Tbsp. Ghee, melted
  3. 1 and 1/2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  4. 1 Tsp. Dried Rosemary
  5. 1/2 Cup Popcorn Kernels
  6. Few Dashes Himalayan Salt
Instructions
  1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with truffle oil. Place two kernels in the center of the pot, cover pot, and heat on high. Once the two kernels pop, your oil is now hot enough to pop your popcorn. Add remaining kernels to pot, cover, and pop. Occasionally shake pan so none of the kernels burn. Once you stop hearing kernels pop, remove pan from burner. Transfer popcorn to a bowl and drizzle melted ghee over the top. Sprinkle brown sugar and rosemary over corn Add a few dashes of ground Himalayan salt and enjoy!
Notes
  1. I used white truffle oil, but black would work too. I rubbed the dried rosemary between my fingertips to try and rejuvenate it and bring out the flavors before I added it to my popcorn. If you use fresh rosemary, finely chop it before adding it to your popcorn.
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There is just something about mixing brown sugar with rosemary that makes for an instant classic flavor combo. And it is a well known fact {in my book} that anything containing ghee will taste so bomb! I am not ashamed to say that I think I could totally eat ghee straight off of a spoon. Yeah, I went there. 

Fancy popcorn up close

I opted to use Himalayan salt instead of table salt because it’s pink said to be a healthier salt. It is naturally found in the Himalayan Mountains and believed to be the purest salt on earth. Unlike table salt, Himalayan salt is naturally high in iodine and it does not need to be further iodized later. And because Himalayan salt is not commercially refined, it contains lots of minerals in it that are thought to help regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, pH, and keep your muscles from cramping. I first became familiar with it a few years ago when my dad was working to regulate his blood sugar levels. It is a bit pricier, but most things that are considered “healthy” tend to be so. As for taste, I think both salts taste generally the same. All health reasons aside, I think it’s awesome because it’s pink 😉

Thoughts??
Have you ever cooked with ghee before?
Dear lord that stuff is delicious to fry eggs in!
Ever heard of or used Himalayan salt?
Favorite “fancy” snack?

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Stacie @ Simply Southern Stacie February 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

You sure have a lot of fancy products there! : ) I’ve never heard of Himalayan salt before, but I love fun foods, so I need to look for it!

Her Happy Balance February 18, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I never heard of it until my dad start using it 🙂 It’s pretty cool, right? Happy Tuesday, Stacie!

Alex @ therunwithin February 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

drool. i love every kind of popcorn but fancy popcorn just wants to make me jump in to that bowl.

Her Happy Balance February 18, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Alex, come to Philly! I”ll make you GF nachos and popcorn and we’ll drink brews and hang 🙂

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne February 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

Never hear or used Himalayan salt, but I already love it! Mainly because it is pink, and now I want to bake with it to see if it’ll turn my cookies pink :D.

Her Happy Balance February 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Right?! On top of all the health benefits, you can’t go wrong with pink food 😉

Caitlin February 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Haha this popcorn sounds great, girl! We’ve been experimenting with making our own recently, and we’ll have to add this to the list! Never thought to use truffle oil with it, but I bet it’s good! Totally with you on the breweries having awesome food, too. Some of my favorite restaurants these days are brew pubs. They know how to make a mean burger or sandwich with fries 🙂

Her Happy Balance February 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Ooo so fun! What have you and Joe come up with? I’ve heard there is such a thing as truffle salt. I’m thinking truffle oil and truffle salt would be an awesome creation 🙂 And one day we will have the opportunity to meet up and enjoy brews and apps together, it’ll happen 😉

Mary February 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

I have never cooked with Ghee – it kind of freaks me out a little. I don’t know why that is. Did you make your own or buy it?
I actually have Himalayan salt at home. I have never used it. My daughter used it for making a desert once. Caramels I think…
This combo of flavors sounds really good – brown sugar and rosemary. Interesting!
PS- I love brew pubs and pub food in general.

Her Happy Balance February 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I did not make my own ghee, but I don’t think it would be too hard to do. I actually bought a small jar from Wholefoods to experiment with…and the verdict is that I will be going back for more! I feel like ghee is one of those trendy foods right now. I can understand your apprehension though, clarified butter does seem a bit intense…but then I tried it. So delicious. I think next time I make this popcorn I will try and get some fresh rosemary (fresh herbs are just always better, right?) but I made it on the fly and only had dried. Happy Tuesday, Mary!

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life February 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Ok, this might be a totally ridiculous question… but what is ghee and how do you use it?? I’ve never heard of it before!

Her Happy Balance February 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Ghee is clarified butter and you must introduce it into your life if only to use it to fry eggs in. It is delicious!!! It’s used in a lot of Indian food dishes.

Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures February 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

Yeah, fancy popcorn indeed you beautiful face! And TRUFFLE oil! is that the stuff you got from whole foods? 🙂 YUM!
I am not usually a fan of popcorn unless it is in fact fancy – have you ever had that cheddar and caramel chicago style popcorn? Don’t, if you’d like to refrain from gaining 12092843 pounds in one sitting. I can’t even – it’s so good.
haha I have never used ghee before but if it’s good enough for you to eat from a spoon I’m all over it! can you get it at a regular grocery store? love you long time, have a happy wednesday!

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