Stove Top Popcorn

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The best part of going to the movies is bucket of popcorn big enough to feed a small country with double the butter flavored goop. Not even my weight watcher leader telling me how many calories were in that bucket of popcorn could dim my love of that salty, buttery flavored junk. Unfortunately, or is that fortunately, I don’t get to go to the movies often.

Although it isn’t possible to duplicate movie theater exactly at home you can come close. First of all, ditch the air popper and microwave garbage. For really good popcorn you got go old school and pop your corn on the stove top. Second, use coconut oil for your oil. It is what gives the popcorn that movie theater taste. If you don’t have any coconut oil feel free to use any oil you have that has a high smoke point. I use canola oil and it makes good popcorn too. Third, use real butter not margarine.

Stove Top Popcorn

1 TBS coconut or canola oil
1/3 cup popping corn
2 TBS butter

Place a 3 1/2 quart, or larger, saucepan over high heat. Let the empty saucepan sit on the heat for a minute or two. When it is hot, add the oil and three popcorn kernels. When the three kernels pop, add the remaining popcorn. Cover and shake the pan once or twice. Cook, shaking constantly as the popcorn rapidly pops to prevent burning. When the popping slows down to a count of three between pops, remove from stove and pour into a big bowl. Melt the butter, pour over the popcorn and gently mix to combine. Add salt or flavoring of choice and mix to combine again.

— If you use a 3 1/2 quart saucepan, you may need to empty the pan about half way through the cooking time.

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