Popcorn Four Ways

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Some days get so busy the last thing I want to do is cook – and the leftovers just don’t sound good. And that’s when I get out the popcorn. We’ve been known to have popcorn for dinner often – and we love it! And did you know it’s good for you?

Popcorn is a whole grain that is full of vitamins and minerals, like calcium, magnesium and some of the B vitamins – and more! It’s fiber content helps to keep blood sugar in check and is good for digestion. It’s antioxidant potential is rumored to help prevent cancer. And the American Dental Association has recommended for between meal snacking.

But not all popcorn is good for you. Stay clear of those microwave bags. They are full of chemicals that are counter to the good stuff in the corn itself. So with no microwave, how do you make the stuff?

Well, Here’s how you do it!

Start with either yellow or white popcorn. Heat a large pan and add some peanut or olive oil on high heat.

Put the popcorn on top of that and cover it.

When you hear the popping start, give it a shake. Tip the lid to the side to vent the steam and shake gently.

Keep listening. When the popping slows, turn the heat off and dump the popped corn into a large bowl. Now you’re ready for the toppings!

Smokey Garlic Popcorn

Mix some olive oil, garlic salt, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Toss it well and dig in!

Bacon and Chipotle Popcorn

It’s that McCormick seasoning again! I love these on everything.


Toss with some peanut oil and the seasoning – a little bit of bacon bits too!

The Brown Sugar and Bourbon is great on popcorn too!

Sea Salt and Vinegar Popcorn

In a large bowl toss the popped corn with olive oil, sea salt and vinegar powder. I like the malt vinegar.

Cheesy Garlicy Popcorn

My sister and I make this every time we go to the beach for the night. Toss the corn with the canned parmesan cheese, garlic powder and sea salt.

There are a few ideas, I bet you can come up with even more! Happy popping!

Popcorn Four Ways
Some days get so busy the last thing I want to do is cook - and the leftovers just don't sound good. And that's when I get out the popcorn. We've been known to have popcorn for dinner often - and we love it! And did you know it's good for you?
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: popcorn
Author: HelenFern
Ingredients
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons oil, olive or peanut
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons popcorn kernels
Bacon and Chipotle Popcorn
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon McCormicks Bacon and Chipotle Seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons Bacon bits
Smokey Garlic Flavor
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive or peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Sea Salt and Vinegar Flavor
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar powder
Cheesy Garlicy Popcorn
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Start with either yellow or white popcorn. Heat a large pan and add some peanut or olive oil on high heat.

  2. Put the popcorn on top of that and cover it.

  3. When you hear the popping start, give it a shake. Tip the lid to the side to vent the steam and shake gently.

  4. Keep listening. When the popping slows, turn the heat off and dump the popped corn into a large bowl. Now you're ready for the toppings!

Smokey Garlic Flavor
  1. Mix some olive oil, garlic salt, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Toss it well and dig in!

Bacon and Chipotle Popcorn
  1. It's that McCormick seasoning again! I love these on everything.

    Toss with some peanut oil and the seasoning - a little bit of bacon bits too!

    The Brown Sugar and Bourbon is great on popcorn too!

Sea Salt and Vinegar Popcorn
  1. In a large bowl toss the popped corn with olive oil, sea salt and vinegar powder. I like the malt vinegar.

Cheesy Garlicy Popcorn
  1. My sister and I make this every time we go to the beach for the night. Toss the corn with the canned parmesan cheese, garlic powder and sea salt.

    There are a few ideas, I bet you can come up with even more! Happy popping!

Recipe Notes

You can add or subtract any of the flavoring amounts based on how intense you want them to be. We like a lot!!

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4 Responses to Popcorn Four Ways

  1. Helen, I’m all for popcorn for dinner, especially with your tasty variations. Now just try and convince my husband! (And thank you for getting me craving popcorn before noon!)

  2. Teresa says:

    All great alternatives. I think the smokey garlic is going to be my favorite, but I’m not sure my kids are going to be convinced to try it.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

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