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.

This has been posted on the following Linky parties:











 


Confessions of a Stay At Home Mommy




http://www.thethriftyhome.com

6 comments:

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

    ReplyDelete
  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.

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

    ReplyDelete
  4. And gag - the microwave stuff is better. Well, what did you expect when you used some old discount brand of popcorn that you popped in vegetable oil, and then finished off with table salt?popcorn machines reviews

    ReplyDelete