This has to be my all-time favourite snack. Any day can be movie night just so I can have some popcorn. Actually, there was a time back in my high school days where it was all I wanted to eat. Even more so when the movie theatre seasoning was made available in-store.
How to Make Perfect Stove Top Popcorn
Certainly, making popcorn from scratch can be tricky. Not only do you want as many kernels as possible to pop, but you also want to keep the kernels from burning at the bottom of the pan! You can take the easy way out and use microwave popcorn, which by the way, is not that good for you.
But, Is Popcorn Healthy?
So, you may be wondering, is popcorn healthy? In the crunchy, salty snacks category, it is definitely one of the healthier options. That is, if you make popcorn on the stove with a reasonable amount of high-quality oil and don’t drench it in butter or caramel after that.
I make mine with virgin olive oil and use organic kernels, so I’d say mine is as healthy as it gets. Because popcorn is a whole grain, and it offers some redeeming fibre. You can enjoy a big serving (2.5 cups) of popcorn for the same amount of calories as a handful of corn chips.
Why Make it Stove Top?
Firstly, it’s super delicious and chemical-free. Granted, you could also make air-popped popcorn and it would be free of all the “bad” stuff, too, but it will be flavourless and dull. Snacks should taste good! Stove top popcorn tastes way better with as little as one tablespoon of oil for eight servings.
If you want to drizzle some butter, which is so tasty, go right ahead. Even one tablespoon of butter on those eight servings of popcorn adds a lot of real butter flavour.
How to Make A Perfect Batch of Popcorn, With No Burnt Kernels!
An Easy Stove-Top Recipe
As much as I love popcorn, nothing sucks as much as burnt kernels getting in the way.
So, here is a method of making popcorn that not only pops almost every kernel, it also prevents the kernels from burning. The approach allows the kernels to come to an even temperature before popping, which results in much fewer un-popped kernels (usually none) and fewer burnt kernels (also, usually none).
Here is an example. No burnt pot or kernels and little to no un-popped kernels. (only 8, I counted)
Now Let’s Make It…
Perfect Stove Top Popcorn
Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 8 mins Yield: Serves 2 – 4
- 1 tbsp. of Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp. Butter
- 1/2 cup of Popcorn Kernels
1. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan with a lid, add the oil with 1 tbsp. of butter and 3 to 4 kernels. Place the pan over medium heat and also place the lid over the pan.
2. Once the 3 to 4 kernels begin to pop, remove the pan from the heat and add the remaining kernels into the saucepan and add the remaining butter. Place the lid back over the saucepan and let it sit for thirty to forty seconds.
3. Place the pan back on the heat. Once the kernels start popping, gently shake the saucepan with the lid slightly open to allow the steam to escape until the popping slows to every 2 to 3 seconds. Be careful because sometimes hot kernels can pop out of the saucepan.
4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and finally, sprinkle salt or your favourite seasonings over the top.
Making Stove Top Popcorn Picture Gallery
There You Have It…
This is probably one of my favourite ways to make popcorn. Personally, I think it taste a lot like the movie theatre kind. I like to sprinkle a little salt over the top as soon as I remove the saucepan from the heat. This way the salt sticks to the popcorn a little better.
I am always looking forward to curling up on the couch with a bowl of this amazing popcorn while watching a movie with my family.
What movie are you watching while you enjoy your perfect stove top popcorn?
I read a page of this book and watched “Terminator: Dark Fate” with my mom and sisters.
Also, are you going to try this recipe?
Let me know in the comments below.
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