Nothing unusual or exciting to report from my world these days. Unless you count my renewed enjoyment of popcorn as a snack food. That’s exciting, but possibly only to me.
I’ve long loved popcorn and lucky for me, at 100 calories or so for a 3-cup serving with a healthy boost of fiber (14% of the RDA), it’s on my list of healthy snacks. Even so, I haven’t been having it that often until recently.
Thanks to the folks at Squawkfox, I’ve learned a new way of popping that will ensure I enjoy it more frequently. Having given up the microwave version of popcorn years ago, my popcorn-longing was tempered by my disdain for dragging out the air-popper and the associated clean-up after that. (Plus, for some reason, my popper started spitting lots of unpopped kernels at me before getting to the popping action. Annoying.)
After reading Squawfox’s post, How to Microwave Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag, I’m back in the popcorn game. You can click the link for the step-by-step but if you want the digest–spoiler alert!–you put some popcorn in a brown paper bag, fold it up, and press Start. In a few minutes you’re rewarded with hot white puffy yumminess. I eat it right from the bag. (I never said I had class; I apologize if I misled you.)
I know there are bunches upon bunches of possible toppings for popcorn (check out the Squawkfox link above for a few), but I usually eat mine plain. If I have calorie room (and sometimes if I don’t), I add a patlet of butter and a sprinkle of salt. But plain works for me as well. Sometimes even better–no messy fingers.
Someday soon (my ever-present mantra), I’m going to try oil-popping using coconut oil. I’ve heard it’s really tasty. When I do get around to it, I’m going to try a method I read about on Simply Recipes, which involves removing the pan from the heat for 30 seconds after adding the popcorn to allow the kernels to come to the right temperature. The recipe provider swears this eliminates the unpopped kernels. We’ll see about that.
Is popcorn in your snack rotation? What are your favorite toppings?