My latest snack obsession? Homemade stove-popped popcorn!
My fat of choice when it comes to popcorn is coconut oil because it can stand high heat and I like the subtle coconut flavor. Organic canola oil works, too. Sprinkling a few shakes of nutritional yeast (and some salt) onto the hot popcorn lends a savory note to the little puffed kernels and adds a nice yellow-orange hue. Just like movie popcorn, but way better for you.
Be like all the cool kids and start popping farm-to-table popcorn. Check your local farmers’ market and inquire about popcorn kernels.
I purchased a pint container of colorful kernels from Samascott Orchard at the Union Square greenmarket a few months ago. Unfortunately, red and blue kernels do not yield red and blue popcorn. They all pop white. Still good.
And just when my popcorn obsession started to really hit me…
I received popcorn kernels on the cob in my Corbin Hill Farm Share box! Amazing.
I know there are all sorts of great recipes where once can pop the corn right on the cob, but alas, I needed something to do with my hands while I watched TV one night, so I started to pick the kernels off the cob and put them into a container. After my boyfriend noticed me struggling, he took a stab at de-kerneling and discovered a foolproof method for getting the feisty kernels off the cob. Oh, and then he made a diagram so that we can all follow his scientific method.
Happy healthy popping.
To learn more about Corbin Hill’s popcorn, check out their blog post about it here. What are some of your favorite healthy popcorn toppings?
Popcorn with Coconut Oil and Nutritional Yeast
makes about 4 servings
method adapted from The Coconut Mama
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil or canola oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Heat the coconut oil in a large pot. Let it melt. Add a few test kernels, cover the pot, and let them pop. Once the test kernels pop, add the full 1/2 cup of kernels. Cover the pot and let the kernels pop, shaking the pan continuously until the popping sounds subside. Turn the heat off and continue to shake the pot a bit more.
Pour the popcorn into a bowl and add salt and nutritional yeast. Enjoy!