Buttered Popcorn

Watch a movie and enjoy popcorn as a family! Just remember: eat one kernel at a time. 

You’ll Need
  • Enough olive oil to cover the bottom of a covered saucepan
  • About ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • A generous sprinkle of salt


In a medium-sized saucepan add the oil until it just barely covers the entire bottom of the pan, and then pour on the popcorn until it forms a single layer. Cover.

Heat popcorn on medium-high until the first kernels start to pop. Shake the pan until the number of pops is less than 1 every 2 seconds.

Remove to a large serving or mixing bowl.

Melt the butter in a separate pan or microwave.As you pour the butter over the top in a thin stream, make sure the corn is evenly coated by tossing it around at the same time.

Tricks of the Trade:
  • To prevent burning the popcorn: once the corn starts popping, hold either side of the pan with pot holders and shuffle it back and forth to the rhythm of whatever song you are listening to.
  • This serves a dual purpose.
  • It also ensures that all the kernels sift to the bottom to be popped.

Play With Your Food!
  • The great part about melting your own butter is that you can infuse it with anything you want, to dress up your popcorn.
  • Of course, plain buttered popcorn is wonderful, but you could also sizzle some minced garlic or rosemary. These are particularly wonderful because their oils seep throughout your butter – a little goes a long way – until they spread their mellowness over all the popcorn.
  • You might also try just a few crushed walnuts or almonds. Delicious.
  • Other suggestions for popcorn include some hard cheese like Parmesan, grated very fine and spread all over after you toss in the butter.

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