I think we made this recipe up one night when we needed a sweet/salty/crunchy snack one night, and our pantry was empty. We made homemade kettle corn (or I guess, something fairly similar), and have never gone back! This is definately our after dinner snack of choice. It is especially great right now…its the begining of the new year, and we are aiming to make healthier food choices, as well as save money. This snack is both relatively healthy and cheap. I put the information for this recipe in a nutrition calculator, and if you eat half, your intake is about 176 calories, not to shabby!
Ingredients – Sometimes my sister makes a more savory version by adding a couple teaspoons of chopped fresh rosemary instead of the sugar. This is also very good!
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
Pour oil, sugar, and salt into a cheap stainless steel mixing bowl. *Note: we use a separate mixing bowl from our others because, as you can see from the picture, cooking this way can cause charring on the bottom of the bowl, and I don’t want that to happen to my nice ones. I think we got this bowl for under $3 at the grocery store. You could also try a thrift store for a cheap one.
Pour popcorn kernels on top of these items.
Cover bowl with foil, and place over high heat. Shake vigorously until popping slows (I always us oven mitts or a dish towel to protect my hands from the heat).
Remove from heat and transfer to a new bowl…there will be a lot of hot steam, so be careful.