There were two universal forces working to make this simple recipe pop (pun intended) into my mind. The first being that we are working toward making our home, and in particular our food purchasing habits, plastic or package free. Thus, we buy a lot out of the bulk bins and store our goods in mason jars and always end up having a ton of corn kernels hanging around. They look so inspiring just sitting there. A blank canvas of sorts. Moving towards a plastic free kitchen has pushed us to find new recipes, but more on that in another post. The second force is my effort to return to my pre-partum self and needing alternatives to chip and cracker consumption. To do so, I have been snacking on homemade popcorn with a little olive oil and finely ground sea salt. But this time, I had a hankering for something sweet for an after dinner treat. So, this is what I came up with. I used a coconut oil not only for sweetness, but also because I try to stay away from the highly processed vegetable oils, but I imagine they would work just fine if that is all you have in your pantry. But the coconut oil give such a nice subtle sweet flavor with the hint of caramelized sugars, each kernel a little pillow of sweet/salty heaven. We made this for a movie date night at home, and it was the perfect balance of sweet and savory, and we ended up making two batches.
Homemade Kettle Corn…
½ cup corn kernels
1 tbs coconut oil, heated to liquid
2 heaping tsp brown sugar
2 heaping tsp organic cane sugar
½ tsp finely ground sea salt (you can do it yourself in a food processer or coffee grinder)
Mix all ingredients together in one bowl. Then pour mixture into a simple paper lunch bag. Fold over the top 3-4 times. Pop in microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds- 2 minutes or until popping slows. Careful not to burn. Remove from microwave, shake the bag, and season with salt again if necessary. I always end up with a lot of kernels left un-popped no matter what method I use…and no family PLEASE do not send us a popcorn popper. We are trying to get rid of our kitchen clutter. I just fold the bag up and re-pop them, easy and no waste. Crunch away and enjoy!
Eat together, toast to each other, and enjoy!