Anyone who knows me knows that I am a popcorn fanatic. I love popcorn. In fact, I’ve been known to love it so much that I can easily eat it for an entire meal. Now I love good old fashion popcorn with butter and a bit of salt but sometimes I want something a bit different.
Have you ever had cheese popcorn? You know the kind that is artificial and generally bright orange although you can also find white cheddar now as well. There’s no denying that stuff is horrible for you; it’s packed full of fake ingredients and chemicals. Thankfully, it is incredibly easy to make cheese popcorn at home! I predict a new addition for me.
2 Tbs. melted butter
¼ cup finely grated cheese (Parmesan or Romano are great choices)
First you need to pop the popcorn. If you have a air popper
then by all means use it.
If however, you do not then simply get a large pot with a lid. Coat the bottom of the pot in coconut oil. Heat the oil over medium-high heat and then drop a kernel of corn in. When this test kernel pops, you can pour in the full amount of kernels. Place the lid on the pot and give it a few good shakes to coat all your kernels in oil.
As your popcorn begins to pop, be sure to give your pot a shake every now and again to move the kernels that haven’t popped to the bottom and to ensure that you do not scorch any that have already popped. If your pot looks like it’s about to overflow, pour out about half of the popcorn into a large bowl and then put your pot back on the burner to finish cooking. When your popcorn takes more then a few seconds in between pops, it’s time to remove your pot from the burner and dump all of your popcorn into the bowl. You may have a few stray kernels but trust me, it is better to have a few strays then it is to have scorched popcorn.
(Tip: I love to use this popcorn popper
that takes all the shaking and guessing out of stove top popcorn)
Now that you have your popcorn, let’s turn it into cheese popcorn.
At this point, you should have all of your popcorn in a large bowl. Pour half of the melted butter and sprinkle half of the cheese over the popcorn. Stir. Pour the remaining butter and cheese on the popcorn and stir again. Be sure to taste as you add in the remaining butter and cheese, as you will want to determine just how much flavor you prefer.
That’s all there is to it! Just popcorn, butter, and cheese. A simple yet decently healthy snack…or meal in my case.
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