Since we moved and our daughter has moved away Game Day snacks has changed. I would make enough food to feed a small army for anyone who wanted to show up to watch the game. Now I'm down to making one snack since there are only two of us.
I packed a lot of flavor into this popcorn along with the savory is some sweet from the dried cranberries.
Rosemary Garlic Popcorn with Nuts and Dried Cranberries
The Rosemary Garlic Butter is also good brushed over the top of bread or rolls before and after baking
6 cups popped popcorn (not microwaved)
2 sticks unsalted butter
3 large cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1 cups raw almonds, toasted
1 cups raw cashews, toasted
1 1/4 cups dried cranberries
2/3 cup grated Asiago cheese
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
Toast nuts in a single layer in a 400 degree over for 7 to 10 minutes, until golden brown. Keep your eye on them they can burn quickly. Remove and set aside.
Melt butter over a medium heat add garlic, red pepper flakes, rosemary, salt and pepper. Lower heat to a medium low setting. Stirring occasionally for the next 7 minutes, do not let the garlic brown. Remove from heat cover with a piece of foil and let sit for 3 or more hours.
Pop the popcorn and put in a large bowl. Reheat butter on low just to let it melt but not get to the bubbling point turn off heat and remove from burner. Add nuts to butter mixture just to coat remove and toss with popcorn. Add cranberries to butter mixture just to coat remove and toss with popcorn. Pour remaining butter mixture over popcorn adding a little then tossing, repeat. Add cheese and toss. Ready to serve. Note: you can use any combination of nuts you like or have on hand.
Until Next Time,