You put the oil in the pot
And you let it get hot
You put the popcorn in
And you start to grin
Sizzle-sizzle, sizzle-sizzle, sizzle-sizzle, sizzle-sizzle
Sizzle-sizzle, sizzle-sizzle . . . . POP!!
That’s really all you need for a recipe! This snack can be salty or sweet, cheesy or plain, but it’s always easy and low-cost.
Popcorn has long been the go-to late-night snack for our family. For years my partner and I have been driving various neighbours crazy with the aroma filtering through to their apartments late in the evenings. Lately I”ve been throwing it in our snack bag. The kids see this as a real treat!
It’s very frugal–even if you factor in buying non-GMO organic popcorn and coconut oil–and just about as quick as microwave popcorn. But when you make it yourself, the ingredients are much healthier. We usually buy ours in the bulk aisle of the health food store, or occasionally through the ONFC food co-op. Either way, it’s a fraction of the price of any store-bought snack, and also much better for you.
Simple Stovetop Popcorn
coconut oil or palm oil
Optional toppings: sea salt, melted butter, parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast
Spoon a large gob of coconut oil into the bottom of a large cold lidded saucepan. Turn the heat to max. As soon as the oil has liquefied, add popcorn to cover the bottom of the pot. We don’t measure quantities, but rather aim for the oil to be level with the kernels, and the whole mass covering the bottom of the pot. Too little oil and you will end up with lots of unpopped kernels. Too much, and the popcorn will be soggy or oily. Feel this out and you will have a skill for life 🙂
Put the lid on the pot and listen for the popping to start. Have a large bowl or two ready to receive your popcorn. If the popcorn starts to fill up the pot and lift the lid, dump some of it out into the bowl. In this way you can easily make large quantities even in a relatively small pot. Throw some salt on it immediately, as it sticks better when it’s hot. Return pot to heat and give it a good shake every few seconds so any kernels get shifted to the bottom of the pot for a chance to pop.
Once the popping almost stops, dump the whole into the bowl(s) and salt to taste. Add your optional toppings and enjoy!
How do you like your popcorn?