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Rosemary Sea Salt Popcorn

A new twist on everyone's favorite snack!
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Homemade Rosemary Sea Salt Popcorn

I’m not actually much of a popcorn person. Sure, if I go to the movies I’ll order a tub, but it’s more about the liquid gold butter that I’m able to pour on without abandon then the popcorn itself.  However, recently at a Waiting On Martha Home event, a local chef brought in a giant bowl of Rosemary Sea Salt Popcorn, and let’s just say I didn’t leave that bowls side all night.

In fact, I stalked the Chef because I just couldn’t get over how she said she made it. No butter, just high-quality olive oil, fresh rosemary and sea salt on the stovetop.  Stovetop I get, but no butter, I just couldn’t believe it.

But the next night I tried my hand at recreating rosemary sea salt popcorn at home, and while I didn’ t master the recipe until three batches later I now have it perfected and I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to regular ol’ butter popcorn again.

Here’s the key, you’ve got to let it sit overnight.  Very much like pasta and takeout Chinese food, this popcorn is better the next day when it’s completely absorbed all the raw olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary goodness. So while I know if you’re anything like me you’ll sneak a few handfuls straight out of the pot, you’ll be so much happier if you delay the gratification and save the majority of it for tomorrow.

And yes ten sprigs sound like a lot of rosemary, it’s not.  It’s just the perfect subtle hit that rosemary lovers will appreciate and those on the fence about rosemary probably won’t even be able to pinpoint as rosemary.  

Grab the recipe below (Bloglovin followers you’ll need to click into the post to see the recipe in its entirety), and try out a batch of this rosemary sea salt popcorn and enjoy! Truly, MKR

P.S. If you’re looking to try this recipe over an open flame how cute is this popcorn popper?!
 


 

Homemade Rosemary Sea Salt Popcorn
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 10 sprigs of fresh rosemary sprigs
  2. 1 cup organic popcorn seeds
  3. 1/4 cup avocado or canola oil (any oil that can handle high heat)
  4. 1/4 cup organic, high quality olive oil
  5. sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a large, tall pot add the canola oil, popcorn seeds, and 6 rosemary springs.
  2. Turn on the burner to high heat and place the lid on the pot.
  3. Once you hear the corn beginning to pop shake the pot a few times to make sure the bottom kernels don't burn. Once the popping begins to slow remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Then transfer to a very large mixing bowl, add additional 5 sprigs and drizzle with a high quality olive oil, and plenty of sea salt. Stir to well until completely mixed.
  5. Transfer mixture to 1 or 2 large ziploc bags and let sit overnight. It's so much better after resting overnight!
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Sheet Pan Brussel Sprouts with Butternut Squash, Pecans & Cranberries

An easy, one sheet, side dish sure to please everyone
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Sheet Pan Brussel Sprouts with Butternut Squash, Pecans & Cranberries Sheet Pan Brussel Sprouts with Butternut Squash, Pecans & Cranberries Sheet Pan Brussel Sprouts with Butternut Squash, Pecans & Cranberries

One of my favorite, easier than easy, sides to make is sheet pan brussel sprouts.  The problem, they can get a bit boring.  So recently while looking at all of my holiday meal prep ingredients I thought lets just give this combo a whirl; brussel sprouts, butternut squash, pecans, and cranberries.  And to my delight and surprise it turned out amazing.  

The caramelized brussel sprouts pair perfectly with the sweet, cinnamon and tumeric butternut squash.  While the cranberries give it just that right amount of tart, and the pecans the crunch I’m always looking for.  Plus you still have my favorite aspect of sheet pan brussel sprouts at play; the easy clean up.  

Trust me when I say this will definitely be a crowd pleaser. So if you’re still in need for a holiday side, or just looking for a way to add a little more color to your weeknight meal, then this is the dish for you.  Let me know if you try it out! Truly, MKR
 


 

Sheet Pan Brussel Sprouts with Butternut Squash, Pecans & Cranberries
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-2 bags of brussel sprouts, halved
  2. 2 cups of pecans
  3. 4 cups of butternut squash, cubed
  4. 4 cups of cranberries
  5. 4 tabelspoons sugar
  6. 1/4 cup orange juice
  7. 1 tabelspoon cinnamon
  8. 1 teaspoon tumeric
  9. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or spray down with non stick spray.
  3. Add brussels and squash to the sheet pan, lightly cover with olive oil, then sprinkle tumeric, cayenne, salt, and cinnamon. Mix together so everything is well seasoned and covered. Place in oven and cook/roast for 15 minutes.
  4. While the veggies are roasting add cranberries, sugar and OJ to a pan on high heat. Cook until a few cranberries begin to burst, but before it turns into a sauce. Cover and remove from heat.
  5. After 15 minutes, remove sheet pan from the oven, add pecans and mix lightly again. Re season if needed.
  6. Roast an additional 15 minutes or until squash is softened and brussels have begun to brown and properly caramlize. Once cooked, remove from oven and add in cranberry mixture and serve.
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Raspberry & Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostini with Fresh Mint & Thyme

A simple, elegant summer appetizer that everyone will love
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I have this love affair with toast.  There’s just something about the crisp crunch and delectable mix of toppings that gets me every time.  And crostini is just a fancy way to call it.  So like nachos—because you know how much I love nachos by now—the possibilities for your toasts and your crostinis are truly endless.  Today, without further adieu, I proudly give you a sure-hit Memorial Day appetizer: my Raspberry & Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostini recipe. 

With spring’s bounty of fresh berries, this is the perfect dish that fools your guests into thinking it’s a lot fancier than it is.  To create the berry “shmear”, simply put your berries in a bowl, lightly smash some of them with the back of the spoon.  You’ll want some full berries for presentation sake when serving, but you’ll also want the smashed juice as part of the shmear.  I love mixing in the gourmet herb goat cheese from the store, but you can of course blend your own fresh herbs in goat cheese too.  

In order, you’ll be happier if you spread the herb goat cheese first, then the berry “shmear”.  Next, top with the whole berries, and lastly garnish with your chopped mint.  You’ll toast on a cookie sheet in the oven until they’re golden brown.  These crostinis toast fast, so you’ll need to watch them closely so they don’t burn.  Voila!  Take those beauties out of the oven and serve on a marble board to hungry guests.  

It’s simple.  It’s elegant.  And it’s downright irresistible when served up on a bright, sunny summer day!  We’re sharing this recipe as part of Shipt‘s Memorial Day virtual potluck, so be sure to check out the rest of the menu!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  Looking for more Memorial Day menu inspiration?  Try our best ever veggie burgers and beef burgers, all of the side fixin’s for your BBQ, boozy strawberry basil lemonade, and classic root beer floats.  xo 

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Raspberry & Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostini
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Ingredients
  1. French bread, cut into thin slices
  2. OR pre-sliced crostini slices from the store
  3. 1 pint blackberries
  4. 1 pint raspberries
  5. herb goat cheese or regular goat cheese with fresh thyme
  6. fresh mint, chopped
  7. additional mint leaves, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Spread the herb goat cheese first on crostini or thin slices of bread.
  2. Lightly smash your berries to create a jam-like spread or “shmear”, leaving some berries whole for topping.
  3. Top the crostinis with your berry “shmear” and garnish with chopped fresh mint.
  4. Toast in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes until golden brown. Be sure to watch closely so they don’t burn.
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