Friday, September 24, 2010

Homemade P-P-P-Popcorn

Popcorn is one of my favorite foods.  It's in my DNA to like popcorn.  As a kid, every Sunday night my mom would pop some homemade popcorn on the stove and my whole family would gather around the TV to watch the latest episode of Star Trek.  There is nothing better than a warm, salty bowl of this fluffy white stuff...  I could do without the Star Trek, though.

It's so easy to make, and you can switch it up for a little variation.  Here are just two ways that I like to make it:

Homemade Olive Oil & Sea Salt Popcorn

Ingredients
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup olive oil
Sea Salt

Directions
1.  Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
2.  Once hot, add in the popcorn and cover.
3.  Occasionally shake the pot to keep the kernels at the bottom.
4.  Once the popping slows to about once every few seconds, remove from heat.
5.  Pour into a large bowl, salt to taste and mix.

Homemade Kettle Corn

Ingredients
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1/8 cup baker's sugar (I've found it works really well because it is so fine.  You could use regular sugar if that's what you've got on hand)
Salt

Directions
1.  Heat the oil and the sugar in a large pot over medium high heat.  STIRRING CONSTANTLY.
2.  Once hot, add in the popcorn  and cover.
3.  Occasionally shake the pot to keep the kernels at the bottom and to keep the sugar from burning.
4.  Once the popping has slowed to about once every few seconds, remove from heat.
5.  Pour into a large bowl, salt to taste and stir until cooled to keep it from clumping up.

   

4 comments:

aimee said...

I love popcorn! I make mine with olive oil, sea salt and nutritional yeast:)

Morgan@LittleHouseofVeggies said...

oh yeah, its all about the stove top popcorn. its funny that you had this, because my Mom made it this way my whole life too! I like mine also with a little earth balance, sea salt and nutritional yeast. So good! And so much better for you! And I AGREE, I will pass on all things Star Trek! :)

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

I'll tell Mr. SV about this idea. He's the popcorn fiend in the family -- always stove top, but with canola oil and table salt.

The Health Seeker's Kitchen said...

Elise, we love popcorn over here too. I always add a few dried red pepper flakes in the olive oil while it is popping as well. YUMMY!!