Olive Oil Popcorn with Za'atar
Serves: 8-10 cups
 
Take care when heating olive oil to make popcorn, as it has a low smoke point and can burn easily. I use a Cuisinart popcorn maker, which helps prevent the oil from overheating and burning.
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons Lebanese za’atar
  • Fine sea salt, if za’atar is unsalted, as needed
Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy pot, heat the olive oil with the kernels, covered, over medium high heat. If you’re using a popcorn maker, be sure to turn it off and remove the popcorn as soon as the popping slows down.
  2. As soon as a few kernels begin to pop, reduce the heat to medium so as not to overheat the oil and burn the popcorn. Shake the pan frequently until the popping sounds have nearly stopped.
  3. Pour the popcorn into a bowl and immediately sprinkle za’atar (and salt if needed) over the hot popcorn. Toss and serve immediately.
Recipe by Rose Water & Orange Blossoms at https://www.maureenabood.com/olive-oil-popcorn-with-zaatar/