Step Away From The Microwave Popcorn
It can be argued that the only buttered popcorn worth eating is the stuff you get from the movie theater. With so many exciting ways to prepare your popcorn, why would you stick with plain old butter at home? Next time you’re planning a movie night, put together some of these fun popcorn dishes and wow your friends with your culinary academy skills. Before you can put toppings on your popcorn, though, learn to pop it the classic way – on the stove.
What you need:
- A large saucepan with a lid.
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels.
Pour the kernels and olive oil into the sauce pan, and partially cover it. Cook over medium heat for about five minutes. Then, put the lid all the way on and turn off the heat, and allow the kernels to continue popping until the popping sound stops.
Now that your popcorn is freshly popped, you need to dress it up. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, you’re sure find a popcorn recipe that will spark your fancy. Now, get popping!
- Marshmallow Bars: Simply melt butter and marshmallow in a large sauce pan, and pour your popcorn in. Put the mixture in a buttered baking dish to ensure it doesn’t stick, and cut it into individual pieces once it’s cooled.
- Coconut Chocolate: Cover some coconut flakes in coconut oil, and heat them in the oven until they’ve browned. Meanwhile, pop up your popcorn and add some vanilla extract and a few dashes of salt. Once the popcorn has cooled down, mix in your toasted coconut flakes and some semisweet chocolate chips.
- Mexican Chocolate: Mix honey, coconut oil, cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne pepper and salt over a hot stove, and pour it on some freshly popped popcorn. Then, spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake it for a few minutes so the popcorn retains its crunch.
- Salted Caramel Peanut Butter: Pour your warm popped popcorn on a lined baking sheet. Heat up a mix of canola oil, creamy peanut butter, brown rice syrup, salt and vanilla extract. Drizzle this mix on top of the popcorn, and sprinkle on some salted peanuts. Bake for about 15 minutes.
- Garlic Pecorino: Heat a couple of cloves of garlic in olive oil. Then, pour the oil into a bowl of popcorn, and mix in your favorite grated cheese and some salt.
- Italian: Put together a mixture of basil, parsley, garlic salt and salt. Once your popcorn is finished a still hot, simply drizzle it with olive oil, pour in your herb mixture, and shake it up.
- Margarita: Mix melted butter, lime juice, a bit of tequila, brown sugar, cayenne, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl, and drizzle on top of a baking sheet filled with popped popcorn. Bake for a few minutes and serve at your next fiesta!
- Fresh Herbs: Mix hopped thyme, rosemary leaves and butter into a bowl of hot popcorn. Mix a few tablespoons of butter and drizzle it lightly over the popcorn, so you don’t cause it to become soggy.