Whenever someone learns that we don’t have a microwave in our kitchen, the first question they always ask is, “How do you make popcorn?” It makes me wonder if that’s all people cook in their microwaves. Popcorn cooked on the stove is super easy, tastes great, and can be so much better for you than microwave popcorn. Have you ever read the ingredients in microwave popcorn? My recipe is very easy and has yummy spices. If your kids enjoy cooking, this is a great starter recipe and you can teach them how to make popcorn without a microwave.
Popcorn is a great after school snack or if we’ve had an early dinner and people are getting hungry, we make popcorn. I’ve also served it as a snack for the soccer team when I’m “Snack Mom” after the game. With a big bowl of popcorn, a large scooper, and brown lunch bags, I’ve got snacks for the team and no waste. Take the brown bags home with you and put them in your compost bin. It’s very Go Gingham!
Popcorn is naturally high in fiber and is gluten-free. If you have any leftover, place it in an air-tight bag or container and serve the next day. Popcorn is also fun to bring camping and cook over your campfire.
I serve popcorn in bowls with spoons, too. This began as a trade-off to the “no eating in the living room rule” we have. The deal went down like this, “Well, if you eat popcorn in a bowl with a spoon then you can eat it in the living room.” And, the next thing I knew, popcorn was being served in bowls and eaten with spoons.
So, blame it on me if you start eating popcorn with a spoon served out of a bowl. You can still lick your fingers.
- 1 Tablespoon canola oil
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 3 shakes Franks Hot Sauce
- to taste red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup popcorn
- Put oil and butter in pot over medium heat.
- Add hot sauce and red pepper flakes. Stir.
- Add popcorn and stir/shake pot.
- Continue to stir/shake bowl until first kernel pops then quickly put lid on pot.
- Lower temperature to medium low and continue to shake pot.
- Cook until popping has mostly stopped (about 3 seconds in between popping kernels).
- Remove lid and pour into large bowl.
- Salt to taste.
Shake pot with both hands on it, being careful to keep kernels in.
I purchase my popcorn from the bulk food bin at my local grocery store. I like to buy the organic popcorn – either white or yellow – whichever they have on hand.
You can always add more butter or oil to this recipe, depending on how healthy you want your popcorn to be.