Sorry for the cheesy title to this, but if you knew how I excited I get about popcorn, you’d understand. I must insist that you stop buying microwave popcorn and that you start popping it yourself on your stovetop. My momma taught me how, and now I’ll teach you.
First thing is to buy a bag of popcorn kernels at the store. Take a large pot (one that you would use to boil a lot of pasta), cover the bottom with a good layer of oil (I use olive oil for everything, but vegetable or other oil is just fine), and then pour in a layer of popcorn kernels that also covers the bottom. Put the lid on and turn your heat on high. When the pot starts warming up, pick it up by the handles and give it a swirl to move the kernels around. You’ll want to do this swirl (or you can just shake back and forth) every 30 seconds or so. Soon the kernels will be popping away. When the pops die down, you know it’s ready. Pour it in a big bowl, pour melted butter on the popcorn and mix in, salt to taste. This literally takes all of four or five minutes to do. I personally love to make it at 3am after the bars and before bed. BS can attest to that. It is really, really good! I’m gonna go make some now!
Photo: MSNBC, oddly enough.