Stove Top Popcorn

Our family loves popcorn. 

White, fluffy, crunchy goodness makes a perfect snack. After school, during movies, or when friends come to hang out, popcorn is a quick, easy snack. 

Last summer, our oldest son got braces.  Popcorn was on the forbidden foods list.  The horror!

popcorn

The popcorn drought has been long, with no end in sight. 

I love making popcorn on the stove.  This simple method makes me feel more connected to the process of making food for the kids and the boys have a blast watching the popcorn kernels explode.  Win-win.

Have you ever made popcorn on the stove top? 

It’s quick and easy.

I like using a pot with a glass lid, so we can see the action, but any sauce pan with a lid will work. A wider pot is better, so you can have a single layer of kernels with more yield for your effort. 

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 The stove top process:

  • Add 1/4 cup vegetable oil to the pan and one or two popcorn kernels.
  • Cover the pot.
  • Heat the oil and kernel on medium-high heat. If your oil smokes, it’s too hot.
  • When the kernel pops, add  1/3 cup popcorn. Remember, you want a single layer of kernels, so you can add more or less, depending on the size of your pot.
  • Cover the pot and remove from heat for 30 seconds.  This lets all the kernels come to the right temperature.
  • Return to the heat. Leave the cover slightly askew as the popcorn pops.  If you leave the lid on too tightly, the steam may make your popcorn chewy.
  • Shake the pot every minute or so, so you don’t burn the popcorn.
  • Pour the popped  popcorn into a bowl and season, as desired.

 

You can also use your microwave to make popcorn, without buying the microwavable popcorn.

Remember the old paper lunch bags? Put them to good use! 

  • Pour about two tablespoons of kernels into the brown lunch bag.
  • Gently fold the bag once or twice. Place folded side up in the microwave. 
  • Cook about two minutes.  
  •  Keep an ear out.  If the popping stops early, get the bag out so you don’t burn the popcorn.

brown-paper-bag-popcorn

This was a great way for the boys to make their own healthy snack.

Now you get to have some fun!

Toppings

  • Butter, butter, and more butter
  • Sea salt
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Chili powder
  • Curry powder
  • Garlic salt

If you are feeling more adventurous, check out seriousseats.com for fun flavor toppings, like cheesy garlic, buffalo wing, and kimchi. 

What other yummy toppings do you like on your popcorn?

 

 

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