Summer is here and that means it is carnival and fair season. One of my favorites foods to get at a fair has always been kettle corn. I love that it's still warm and has a sweet and salty crunch. I've always thought it was some magical thing that surely must be difficult to make (and, of course, require some sort of huge kettle hanging outside), but after some investigation, I discovered that it's quite simple to make at home. It's perfect for a summer movie night snack!
This addictive treat will definitely become one of our favorite ways to enjoy popcorn at home now. This recipe makes enough for two people, so feel free to increase it for more people (but make sure you have a large kettle, or do it in a couple of batches). I used a large stainless steel soup pot. I read that you probably don't want to use cast iron because the sugar will get too hot and stick/burn.
Stovetop kettle corn
3 tablespoons oil (I used refined coconut oil)
3 tablespoons granulated sugar (I used unbleached organic cane sugar)
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or more to taste
In a large soup pot, warm the oil along with three or four popcorn kernels over medium heat with the lid on. Keep a potholder on your hand and give the pot a shake every once in a while. Once those kernels pop, stir in the sugar and 1/3 cup of popcorn.
Return the lid to the pan and continue to give it a shake every 15 seconds or so to keep the sugar from burning. Once the popping stops, remove from the heat and add the salt. Give the popcorn a good stir and serve immediately.
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Two years ago?: farfelle with summer squash & garlic scape pesto
Three?: sesame chicken & Mandarin orange salad
4?: lemon ricotta pancakes with berry sauce