Anyway, let's get down to the nitty gritty here. I love popcorn. I've ruined many a dinner by eating vast quantities of buttery, salty popcorn. Come to think of it, I've also made popcorn my dinner (or lunch) a few times. So why have I never made it at home? Oh well of course I've microwaved it. But all the fake yellow coloring (um butter does not make popcorn yellow as we will soon see) and the chemicals/preservatives kinda freak me out. And by the way, they totally don't bother me when I'm at a movie theater. I'm a study in contradictions. But as it stands, when I can make something myself, I usually like to do so.
This is one version I made with parmesan and Italian seasoning. See, the reason I wanted to make popcorn was because I had a movie to watch.
And now that you're totally judging me, I'm going to show you one way to make stove-top popcorn!
Italian-style Popcorn (makes enough for 2...or 1 over-zealous popcorn eater)
3 tbs canola oil (another high smoke point oil may be substituted)
1/3 c popcorn kernels
Flaky sea salt, to taste
4 tbs butter (more or less to taste), melted and lightly browned
1/2 tbs Italian seasoning
1/2 c grated Parmesan
- Heat the oil in a pot with high sides and a tight-fitting lid (a 3-qt pot is sufficient). When the oil is hot, add 3 or 4 popcorn kernels. Cover and wait for the kernels to pop. Add the rest of the kernels with a sprinkle of sea salt. Cover and remove from heat. Count 30 seconds, then return the pan to the heat. Slide the pot from side to side over the burner. The popcorn should start popping pretty immediately. When the popping slows to a few seconds between pops, take the pot off the heat. Wait another minute.
- Pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Pour butter over popcorn and season with more salt. Toss with the Parmesan and Italian seasoning.