Cheap eats: Lemon and thyme popcorn

This is an absolute treat for savoury popcorn fanatics. The corn absorbs the delicate, herby, fragrant flavours and puts the traditional salt or sweet options to shame. It makes a great snack or movie watching accompaniment.


½ cup of popcorn kernels

3 sprigs worth of thyme leaves (plus one whole sprig to garnish)

Handful of parmesan shaving

Juice of half a small lemon (a wedge of lemon to garnish)

Knob of butter or table spoon of canola oil


Melt your butter or heat your oil over a medium-high heat in a large sauce pan.

Add the kernels, give the pan a good shake and cover leaving a small gap for the steam to escape, no one wants soggy corn now do they!

Once the kernels have popped (a good way to gauge this is if there is a gap of more than 3 seconds between popping sound) add the thyme, a good pinch of salt and the lemon juice.

Give it all a good shake again and transfer to your munching bowl of choice.

Sprinkle over your parmesan and serve. Garnish with your spare thyme sprig and lemon wedge. Serve and enjoy!



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