One of the first convenience snacks we gave up when starting our real food journey was microwave bagged popcorn. If the chemicals in the bag weren’t enough to deter us (plus the GMO corn, extensive list of ingredients and fake butter), I knew just how easy popping corn on the stove could be. You see, I have many fond memories at my grandparent’s house watching Grandpa Red tend the rattling pot. It was an experience, popping corn on the stovetop.
So here’s my recipe. It might sound like a lot of work, especially compared to throwing a bag in the microwave and hitting a button, but once you’ve done it a few times it’s just as easy. I don’t even have to look up the recipe anymore, it’s forever engrained in my brain.
Sometimes you need to mix things up though, so I shared with you my Salted Chocolate Caramel Popcorn (get it here). And it’s a hit every time I make it!
And because sometimes I’m feeling feisty, I like all these different recipes too. Recipes for when we’re feeling sweet, spicy or adventurous.
Add the following flavors to stovetop popcorn, get my coconut oil recipe here.
5 New Ways to Enjoy Stovetop Popcorn
Melt 2 tablespoons real butter and whisk in 1 tablespoon hot sauce (like Sriracha). Add 1 tablespoon grated lime zest and a few shakes of salt. Pour over popcorn, mix well.
Sweet & Spicy
Melt 2 tablespoons real butter and whisk in 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or red pepper flakes), a few shakes each of salt and pepper. Mix well and pour over popcorn.
Black & White
Melt 2 tablespoons real butter and mix in 1/2 each of salt and pepper. Pour over popcorn (honestly this is my “standard” popcorn now, it’s so yummy!)
Melt 2 tablespoons real butter and mix in 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (or one finely chopped clove), 1/4 teaspoon each of turmeric, curry powder, cumin. Mix and pour over popcorn.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter and mix in 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, and 1 teaspoon dried rosemary. Mix well and pour over popcorn.
Want more ideas? Check out my post on How to Make Your Own Spice Blends and sprinkle one of those on your popcorn. How about that Baking Blend for something sweet??