herbed caramel corn

Photo: Laura Volo

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The Spin on a Movie-Night Favorite
Popcorn may be known for its affinity with soda and Junior Mints, but Brian Keyser and Leigh Friend, authors of Composing the Cheese Plate, say its crunch also makes it a good match for creamy cheese. In particular, they like to make a caramel corn with herbes de Provence, a blend of herbs that comes from southern France, to make it a little more interesting. The sweet caramel brings out the natural sugars in the cheese. Serve it with Roquefort, which is also from southern France, for a nice play against the cheese's intensity.

Get the recipe: Herbes de Provence Caramel Corn