Compared to the stuff you put in the microwave, popping corn the old fashioned way is almost as fast, tastes so much better and is a fraction of the cost. Besides, it’s fun and kids love the sound it makes right on the stove. Back in the day, this is what my family gave out at Halloween, in little plastic baggies.
Prep time: 1 minute
Total time: 5 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Special equipment: large saucepan
1-2 T cooking oil (grapeseed works well)
about 1/2 c. popcorn kernels
2-3 T butter or butter substitute
salt to taste
- On high heat, add oil to a heavy duty pot with tall sides. Pour in enough popcorn to cover entire bottom of pan in one layer.
- Once you hear the first pop, jiggle the pot over the heat source back and forth, until the pops have stopped. Remove from heat and open the lid to a pot of steaming, hot popcorn.
- Dump popcorn into a large bowl. Add butter to the hot pot and melt, pouring over popcorn and adding salt to taste.