In my family, popcorn is not just a snack at the movies. As a kid, I was introduced to the treat by my dad, who was very serious about his habit. He was so dedicated to his nightly ritual of popcorn making that he actually brought a little propane stove, pot + ingredients with him when he travelled, which was often. We usually made it on the stove, but we also had an old-fashioned popcorn machine like they have at movie theaters. As a kid, popcorn was topped with salt and that’s it. Butter wasn’t something that entered my popcorn equation until much later on. My neighbors always added nutritional yeast to theirs, and I became hooked on this vegan cheesy flavored B-vitamin packed powder at an early age.
Here’s a basic recipe for stellar popcorn, feel free to add your favorite toppings. Get creative!
Turn the stove on high heat, add about two tablespoons of coconut oil – you want the bottom of the pot to be covered. Throw in a few kernels and wait for them to pop. Don’t forget to put the lid on! Once the first kernels pop, add 2/3 cup of kernels or enough to cover the bottom of the pot. (You can add salt here as well.) With hot mits and the lid on, give the pot a little shake so the kernels get covered in oil. Then sit back and listen to the pop! No need to continuously shake the pot. When the pops slow down, give the pot a few shakes so the popcorn on the bottom doesn’t burn and any unpopped kernels can make their final explosions. When it’s slowed down to popping every few seconds, turn the burner off.
Now the fun part! Add all the delicious toppings!
Here are my favorites:
Cultured Salted Butter
Nutritional Yeast (find in the bulk section at your local health food store)
Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (spray bottle works great)