Real Buttered Popcorn
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Time: about 10 minutes
Microwave popcorn is not bad, but is doesn't compare to the real thing, which doesn't take much longer. And with real popcorn, if you want butter flavor, you can add butter, rather than artificially butter-flavored oil. To make cheese popcorn, sprinkle the hot popcorn with finely grated Cheddar, Parmesan, or other hard cheese and toss. Or toss with any seasoning you like.
2 T canola or other neutral oil
� C popping corn
4 T (1/2 stick) butter (optional)
Salt to taste
1. Place the oil in the bottom of a large, deep saucepan (6 quarts or so) that can later be covered and turn the heat to medium. Add 3 kernels of corn and cover. 2. When the 3 kernels pop, remove the cover and add the remaining corn. Cover and shake the pot, holding the lid on as you do so. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally, until the popping sound stops, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter if you choose to use it. 3. Turn the popcorn into a large bowl, drizzle with the butter, and sprinkle with salt. Serve immediately if possible; popcorn is best when hot.
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Author: By Mark Bittman Typed by: Susan