Did you all enjoy the Oscar broadcast last night? I sure did but I have to admit that the only movies I’ve seen that were nominated for any Oscar was Rango and Kung Fu Panda 2. And even with Rango, we had just rented it the night before. Ahhh…life with kids. Of course, family movie night requires popcorn and as I was making it, I realized that I had to share this really interesting idea with everyone. Did you know that you can microwave your own popcorn in a regular brown paper bag?!! I know!! I couldn’t believe it either. The things you can learn from the internet. You don’t have to buy the pre-packaged microwave popcorn with all the artificial ingredients and additives. Not only is it healthier but it’s also cheaper! Win! Win! Woohoo!
Here’s the best recipe adapted from Mark Bittman:
Makes: 4 servings
Time: About 5 minutes
Real hot popcorn is one of nature’s ultimate convenience foods. I can’t say this strongly enough: There’s no reason to use microwavable packages, no matter how “natural” they claim to be. Any popcorn can be microwaved, as you’ll see below.
Toss the popcorn with extra ingredients while it’s still warm and the seasonings will stick pretty well, even without adding any more fat. You can even cook popcorn in olive oil as long as you lower the heat as needed to keep it from burning; the flavor is delicious.
1⁄4 cup popping corn
2 to 4 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
Salt (and other seasonings from the list that follows if you like)
Microwave Popcorn (Makes 2 to 4 servings). In a brown paper lunch bag, combine 1⁄4 cup popping corn and fold the top of the bag over a couple of times. Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes, until there are 4 or 5 seconds between pops. Open the bag or container carefully, because steam will have built up. Toss with your seasonings and a drizzle of butter or olive oil or serve as is.
I do have to thank my husband because he’s actually the one who bought the “loose” bagged popcorn in the first place and I looked at him like, “What am I supposed to do with this?!” After copious research (I googled popcorn), I learned about this great technique and I don’t think I will ever go back to the old way. So okay, sometimes he’s right. Happy Monday everyone!