Tracy Benjamin

Sour Cream & Onion Popcorn

As someone who is immersed in the food world, it’s sometimes easy to fall into the state of being jaded/unimpressed with food. I know, it’s crazy, right? Perhaps it comes from finding a good recipe, taking pictures WHILE making recipe, writing about the recipe, posting the recipe online with the hopes of inspiring people to make it and then moving onto the next recipe. This. Over and over again. I’ll have you know that it’s absolutely liberating to make a recipe without documenting it and sometimes I fantasize about what life must be like if that were my reality. Either way, I love this space and I hope it’s obvious that I love what I do here or else I wouldn’t keep doing it!

With that said, I look through A LOT of cookbooks for inspiration on a daily basis and so I feel like I’ve already seen renditions of recipes online…. so I keep flipping. But when I was looking through Seriously Delish (such an appropriate title) by my friend Jessica, I was like WHOA. YES. I WANT THAT. GIMME. Just wait until you see Celebrations (for times when calories don’t count!) section. Holy mother of GOD. There are combinations that make my mind race like Cinnamon Sugar Bacon, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Lover’s Brownies, Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Coffee & Doughnuts ICE CREAM. And suddenly I feel inspired by food again. One of the recipes that stood out to me was this “Sour Cream & Onion” Popcorn recipe. I’ve been wanting to make a homemade cheese powder for a popcorn and Jessica figured it out for us. Thanks, boo!

How did it go? Well…. I started out taking a small bowl of popcorn away from the kitchen to munch on while I worked…and then two trips later I was like OMG THIS IS TOO DANG GOOD and I WANT A PERFECT BITE/HANDFUL TO FINISH and then I kept going. I proceeded to bring the gigantic bowl out to Casey who quickly finished the rest. So, I’d say it went pretty well! I can see this being a hit during football season. Just make sure you put a roll of paper towels near the bowl. It’s a good kind of messy.

And we’re off!

Chop dill. Note to self: Add more dill into my life.

Combine all the “sour cream & onion” ingredients in a small bowl.

Pop your popcorn! I use my trusty Whirley-Pop!

Pour popcorn in a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil on top an STIR STIR STIR.

Toss the sour cream & onion mix on top. STIR STIR STIR.

I don’t think I can possibly take a photo of popcorn without little hands getting all up in my business.

Those hands keep growing which means the popcorn bowl is gonna hafta keep getting bigger!


Even more YES.

Someone hand me a towel. I’m going in.

For more popcorn recipes, check out:

Sour Cream & Onion Popcorn

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makes enough for 2-4

recipe slightly adapted from Seriously Delish

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons powdered buttermilk*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Place a 3 quart saucepan (or Whirley Pop) over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil and popcorn kernels to the pan. Close the lid and move pot back and forth (or whirl around!) on the stove and pop the popcorn until you start to hear the popping slow down. Remove from the stove. Put popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.

Drizzle the popcorn with olive oil and toss it well to coat. In small bowl, whisk together dill, cheese, buttermilk, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Pour it over the popcorn and toss the popcorn evenly to coat it in the mixture. Taste the popcorn and season it additionally if needed.

* If you cannot find powdered buttermilk for this recipe, powdered milk can be used in a pinch. You might need to adjust to the salt level as the powdered milk is slightly sweeter and less tangy than the buttermilk.

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