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Popcorn "Toppings"

Okay I am under self imposed House Arrest, been working way too much and much in need of a day away/off so with the hubby out of town and the day off from work I am doing my MacGyver eating deal...making something out of the scraps in the kitchen...cannot bear the store. I found a box of TGIF potato skins a friend brought months ago in the freezer, whipped up a batch of sambal sour cream to plunk on top, took a little taste...super sour checked the date...sour cream expired! Tasted the "skins" on their own...not gonna work out between us. I have eggs, could go there but I found some popcorn...thought I would turn to the hounds and see what they adorn their popcorn with...kinda open to anything but tend to prefer savory snacks to sweet....so what is your "pop secret"?

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  1. I am popcorn fanatic, I must eat it at least 3 to 4 times a week.

    My favorite way: I spray it with olive oil,(you know those nonstick spray cans) then a generous helping on Parmesan cheese and garlic salt...sometimes I might sprinkle on some oregeno....think I will have some after dinner tonight!

    1. I bought some powdered white cheddar from Cabot just for this purpose!

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      1. re: Melanie

        I love the powdered Cabot! That stuff is awesome! I put more than a healthy helping on the popcorn and regret every speck that falls to the bottom of the bowl. The cats, however, consider that their treat. My latest addition is to sprinkle the popcorn with bacon salt after a thick application of Cabot. Seriously good stuff.

          1. re: Melanie

            Yay, Bacon salt! I just got a bunch from woot.com and had to try it on popcorn, since a review said it was so good. Yep, it was!

      2. Sometmes I tossed my popcorn with a handfu of grated parmesan cheese!


        1. Chili powder & a little salt. Well, OK, and butter.

          1. Parmigiano-reggiano! Maybe with some butter and black pepper.

            1. butter, salt, worstershire sauce, parm cheese. Think chex mix. :)

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              1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                So funny....I was thinking about doing just that as Chex Mix is my evil snack....

              2. Savory popcorn...yum!
                butter infused with garlic & herbes de Provence
                Old Bay, of course!

                1. Penzey's Cheese Sprinkle!!


                  1. I like to sprinkle Eden Organics seaweed gomasio on popcorn. It is a mixture of sesame seeds, sea salt, and sea vegetables (nori, kombu and dulse). Salty and savory with a slight nuttiness from the sesame seeds. Umami heaven.

                    1. My preferred way for years has been simply butter, salt, and black pepper. Absolutely addicted...

                        1. Honey, mustard, paprika. Sticky but good.

                          1. my favorite combo of flavors is balsamic vinegar with bragg's amino acid's, and if you have miscible liquids, you can always put them in a spray bottle and spray on to evenly coat rather than soak a single piece

                            mist with soy sauce and sesame oil, then mix in sesame seeds and crumbled nori

                            i had a friend that used to put either hoisin or plum sauce (heated it a little to thin it) drizzled over and tossed with chopped fried scallions

                            im sure garlic butter is ridiculously simple, but also ridiculously good

                            spray with pam or olive oil spray, then sprinkle lipton's onion soup mix or ranch powder for dressing

                            bonito flakes or nutritional yeast or curry paste also makes an interesting addtion

                            old bay seasoning