Last night I whipped up a quick batch of stove top popcorn because I wanted a low cal snack. I make stove top popcorn because #1 I like that it does not have all kinds of weird chemicals and flavorings like microwave popcorn does(and I don’t have a microwave anyway), #2 I don’t have an air popper because I prefer not to have tons of random small appliances all over my kitchen counters.
I had never made kettle corn from scratch before so I thought I would give it a try. It turned out so yummy I thought I would share what ingredients I used.
Turn a stove top burner on medium heat. Cover the bottom of the a heavy bottomed pan (a sauce pan or Dutch oven will work as long as they have a lid) with a 1/8 inch layer of olive oil and place it on the burner. Add a couple of teaspoons of granulated sugar to the warm oil and stir it around a little to help it dissolve into the oil. Next add a one layer of popcorn kernels to the warm oil and sugar mixture; cover with a lid and turn the heat up to high. Wait a minute or two and the magic will happen:). I usually shake the pan a little to move the kernels around while they are popping to keep them from burning.
Once the corn is finished popping, carefully transfer it to a large bowl. Quickly add parmesan cheese, cracked pepper and a little sea salt to the warm popcorn and toss. I loved the combination of the sweet, salty and savory. Enjoy.