Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Movie Theater Popcorn

     Growing up, my family NEVER bought movie popcorn. I loved the smell, though. These days, I’m making up for lost time. The best part is my husband Ben worked at a movie theater in high school and is DONE with movie popcorn so I don’t have to share!
     Anyway, as I prepared this blog post today, I had my usual 2- and 4-year-old helpers. They brought me toy trucks to prop up the paper bags in the photo below.
      Little Z age 2 loves “hotcorn”! He says this recipe “’Mells good!” It really does. JUST like REAL movie-theater popcorn!
     I want to thank the The Pretend Chef from the bottom of my heart for teaching me how to make my own microwave popcorn! (Her version is a little healthier than mine.)

Ingredients:
Here’s my stuff…
Small paper bag
(lunch-bag size)
¼ c. popcorn kernels
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. margarine
1/8 tsp. salt


Directions:
1. Put popcorn kernels and oil inside the paper bag.
2. Roll top of bag down a couple times, but leave plenty of room for the popcorn to pop.
3. Put it on a microwave-safe plate and zap it the normal amount of time for popcorn. My microwave has a good “popcorn” button. Or you could set the microwave time for 3-4 minutes, and remove the bag when popping slows to 3 seconds between pops.
4. By now, the bag and plate will be HOT and oily!

Carefully remove the plate and bag out of the microwave and dump popcorn in a big bowl.
5. In a small bowl or measuring cup, microwave 1 Tbsp. margarine until totally melted (20-30 seconds).
6. Add melted margarine and salt to popcorn and toss.
7. Yum!
Cheap and delicious: my favorite combination


*Nutrition facts:

Ingredient
Calories
Sodium (% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
¼ c. popcorn kernels
160
0
8 g
5 g
0
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
340
0
0
0
0
1 Tbsp. margarine
70
5
0
0
0
1/8 tsp. salt
0
12.5
0
0
0
Total (6 cups):
570 kcal
17.5%
8 g
5 g
0%
1 cup serving:
95 kcal
3%
1.25 g
1 g
0%


*Calculated from food packaging:
 I used “Act II” brand yellow popcorn kernels, “Wesson” brand vegetable oil, "Blue Bonnet” brand margarine, and “Morton” brand salt.

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for posting this. Can't wait to try it!

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  2. this looks great, I am also a fan of cheap and delicious.
    But I think your calorie count is a little high, I don't think 1 T margarine is 360 calories, more like 100 calories.

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  3. Rhonda, you're right.
    It's fixed now.

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