Ranch Dressing Popcorn

Make healthy flavored popcorn! Tips and tricks on taking plain popcorn explode with flavor.

  • Author: Serena Ball
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced into just a few slices
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil crumbled between fingers or 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, ground in mortar & pestle
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 tablespoons Cabot Cheddar Shake or finely grated creamy cheese such as firm Gouda


  1. In a small bowl, combine garlic and oil; let set for 5 minutes. Pour oil and garlic into a large stock pot or Dutch oven; heat up over medium heat.
  2. With a slotted spoon, remove garlic slices and add 3 popcorn kernels; cover and turn heat up to medium-high. When 1 kernel pops, add remaining popcorn kernels. Cover and cook 2 1/2 minutes; then begin to watch very closely. When there is 10 seconds between pops, remove from heat but keep covered until popping stops.
  3. Toss with rosemary, basil, salt, pepper and cheese. When pouring into a bowl, scrape out all the flavorings in the bottom of the pot!