Who doesn’t love popcorn, right? I admit, I used to gorge myself on the movie style butter flavored version (“flavored” is the keyword here…) with way too much salt but I’ve come a long way since then. Popcorn in itself is actually a really healthy snack, as long as you make it yourself with real ingredients. You can make it on the stovetop or in the microwave using a brown paper bag or, if you’re a serious popcorn lover, get yourself one of these: Glass Microwave Corn Popper
Start with organic corn kernels, extra virgin olive oil or unsalted organic butter, and add flavor as you like it: just some sea salt is good, but there’s so much more!
Here’s a basic recipe with a few variations. Comment below and let me know: what’s your favorite popcorn flavor?
for about 3-4 cups popped popcorn:
1/4 cup organic popcorn kernels (try the 3-color variety for a twist)
brown paper bag
1 tbsp olive oil or melted butter (organic, grass-fed preferred)
If you pop it in a pot: add the oil and popcorn kernels and put on med-high heat and cover (you don’t want to pick up popcorn from all over your kitchen floor). Listen to the popping and take off the heat once it slows down.
Microwave version: pour the popcorn kernels in the paper bag (add oil or melted butter afterwards) and fold the top of the bag over 1-2 times, leaving enough room for the kernels to pop. Stick it in the microwave on high for about 2 minutes, or until the popping sounds slow down. You don’t want to burn it. I usually check when the popping slows down and take out what’s already been popped, and then heat the unpopped ones for a little longer.
Pour the popcorn in a bowl and then add/sprinkle on whatever flavor you desire. If you want it more buttery, drizzle on the butter after popping. My favorite tool here is the Misto Oil Sprayer
because you get a more even coating without drenching it in oil/fat. This will also ensure that your spices/flavors will stick better.
I love the taste of Allspice because it has so much depth – it’s like a little firework in your mouth!
But there are other options as well:
– 1tsp pumpkin pie spice
– 1/2 tsp garlic powder
– 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (make sure the popcorn is still hot)
– 1 tsp dried lemon zest with 1/2 tsp dried ginger
– 1/2 tsp smoked paprika with 1/4 tsp garlic powder
– 1/2 tsp chili powder with the squeeze of 1/2 a lime
– 1 tsp Italian Herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme)
– 1 tsp Chinese 5 Spice
– …and of course:
– 1 tsp Allspice
Shake or drizzle your favorite flavor and enjoy your own, homemade, nothing artificial, popcorn! Yumm!!