Popcorn is definitely one of my favorite treats. I have a hard time resisting the crazy buttery stuff at the movie theaters, but I also love just buying the small Trader Joe’s bags for a waistline friendly weeknight snack. When I’m really feeling the popcorn urge, or preparing for a in-home movie night, I like to go all out and make real homemade popcorn. It’s actually really simple and quick to make and easy to modify to meet your calorie and nutrition desires. Most of the time, I just cook the popcorn in a little canola oil then add a bit of salt at the end to add the flavor without the fat. But when I want to indulge, salt and real melted butter is by far the way to go–you’ll never want fake butter-flavored movie popcorn again! Until the next time you go to the movie theatre that is!
I use an 8 quart pot to make my popcorn, so you may need to adjust the ingredient proportions accordingly. Basically, all you need to do is put enough popcorn kernels to cover the bottom of the pot in a single layer then add just enough canola oil to coat the kernels.
My dad taught me the trick to perfectly cooked popcorn every time–After the oil heats up and the kernels are ready to pop, you need to lift the pan an inch or so off the heat and slowly rotate it in a circular motion over the flame to allow even cooking. You’ll want to use your best oven mitts because that flame gets hot after awhile! Also, turn off the flame when you notice a few seconds between the popping sounds. I’d always rather have a few unpopped kernels left than an entire batch of burnt popcorn!
And there you have it–light, fluffy, buttery goodness. Really, what could be better? I will definitely be making a batch of this this weekend to catch up on a little pre-Oscar movie watching!
Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipe
1 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon salt
Pour kernels in a large pot and top with oil. Rotate pot a few times to make sure the kernels are completely coated with the oil then place over medium-high heat.
Once the kernels begin to pop, pull the pot off of the flames slightly and rotate in a circular motion. The popcorn is ready with there becomes a few seconds lag in between each pop.
Add butter and salt, and enjoy!
Time: 1o minutes