Popcorn for Dinner

Kettle Corn

I just made a very important decision about dinner tonight.  You see, I’ve had two pretty healthy meals today, both of which included vegetables and protein.  Okay, it was only one vegetable, but I did have it for both breakfast and lunch, so I’m counting broccoli as two vegetables today.  Either way, I’ve decided that I’ve had enough vegetables today.  And fruit.  And protein.  On top of that, I went to the dentist today and found out that I have no cavities and I do a good job of flossing.  So after all my healthy eating and all that praise I received from my dentist and hygienist, not to mention it being my birthday month, I’m feeling like I should treat myself.

So popcorn for dinner it is!

Phil works a lot of nights, so I’m often on my own for dinner.  On these nights, I usually wait too long to think about dinner and then I’m starving and just scrounge around the fridge for leftovers or whatever I can find to pull together quickly and easily.  Sometimes it’s just one thing, like leftover grilled chicken.  Or hard boiled eggs.  Or broccoli with mayonnaise.  It’s pretty sad, really.

But tonight’s dinner is different.  Tonight is popcorn cooked in coconut oil, tossed with melted butter and sea salt, and devoured on the couch with a side of dark chocolate and a movie.  Sorry, Phil, I’m having a date night by myself and I can’t wait.

The photo above is actually kettle corn, from a previous post, because there’s no way I’m going to stop and take photos before diving into tonight’s dinner just so you guys can see a slightly different picture of popcorn.  Besides, it gives me an excuse to tell you that you should really try that Kettle Corn recipe if you haven’t yet.  It’s delicious.  In fact, the only reason I’m not making the kettle corn tonight is that I’m having a side dish of dark chocolate with tonight’s dinner.  Buttery/salty popcorn with chocolate is way better than sweet/salty popcorn with chocolate.  That’s just the way it is.

While you probably don’t need instructions for making popcorn, I’ll give you the basic “recipe” we use when making popcorn for two.  And when I say popcorn for two, I mean two big bowls.  It’s really good.

How to Make Popcorn on the Stove

Things you need:

Large pot with lid
3 tablespoons coconut oil (virgin coconut oil gives the best flavor)
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
very large bowl
3 tablespoons melted butter
fine ground sea salt
2 medium-large serving bowls

Start heating pot with oil over medium-high heat.  Drop three kernels in the oil and cover the pot.  When you hear all the kernels pop (meaning the oil is hot enough), add the rest of the popcorn and swirl it around to get it all coated in the hot oil and let the kernels settle into an even layer.  Put the lid back on the pot and when the kernels start popping, start shaking the pot back and forth a little.  Once the popping really starts going, I crack the lid a little to allow steam to escape (but not enough to allow oil and kernels to come flying out at me!) and hold it in position while continuing to shake the pot.  I suggest wearing pot holders while doing this.  Once the popping slows to where you can count several seconds between each pop, dump the popcorn into a large bowl.  Drizzle popcorn with melted butter, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat.  Divide popcorn between two serving bowls and enjoy the show!

So, what’s your favorite popcorn topping?  Butter and salt like me?  Cheese?  Spices?  I’d love some new ideas for my next date night!

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18 Comments
  1. Winnie

    There is NOTHING wrong with popcorn for dinner.

    4:57 pm  Nov 7th, 2013
  2. Janette

    Sounds like a great evening!

    Janette
    @culinaryginger

    5:20 pm  Nov 7th, 2013
  3. Anna

    My favorite topping is, oddly enough, lemon pepper. Sounds weird, but tastes wonderful!

    5:38 pm  Nov 7th, 2013
  4. Julie

    I love popcorn for dinner. And I probably do it more often than I care to admit. I always do it on the stove. Topped with butter and seasoning salt. My mom did it that way when we were kids and in my opinion, there’s just no other way.

    5:43 pm  Nov 7th, 2013
  5. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I’ve never had popcorn for dinner, but I still haven’t eaten dinner tonight.. so there’s still time! :)

    6:32 pm  Nov 7th, 2013
  6. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes

    Popcorn for dinner is one of my favorites. I made popcorn for the first time with coconut oil last week and was impressed with how wonderful it was. I even considered blogging about it. Buttery and salty popcorn paired with peanut butter M&M’s are the perfect salty/sweet combination.

    6:55 pm  Nov 7th, 2013
  7. Sabrina

    Healthy Popcorn:
    Non gmo popcorn popped in raw coconut oil
    Drizzle in raw organic melted butter
    Sprinkle with Pink salt.
    Get you minerals, and good fats!

    8:09 pm  Nov 7th, 2013
  8. countrychick

    I had popcorn for dinner a few nights ago, also. I love drizzling olive oil over it with a little salt. I use the dry heat popcorn maker and love it! Was that you in the picture the other day? What a nice little cabin you have! We live in the forest with no neighbors for miles… and love the peace! Thanks for sharing your days with us!

    8:12 pm  Nov 7th, 2013
  9. Kristen

    I thought I was the only one who ate chocolate with my popcorn!
    I love my stove-popped popcorn with Crazy Jane’s Mixed-Up Salt and nutritional yeast (the large flake kind). Try it. Seriously.

    2:47 am  Nov 8th, 2013
  10. Sally

    I LOVE popcorn for any meal! I wish I could convince the rest of my boat that. I’m writing a recipe blog about sailing around the world and cooking on a boat. http://www.sallyinthegalley.net. I would love to hear what you think of it! I adore your blog and this entry especially, popcorn is sooo important in the sailing world. I’m posting my recipe soon!

    5:32 am  Nov 8th, 2013
  11. amanda

    i love it! date night by yourself. if only i had a tv i would totally be doing the same thing. every single night. since i’m trying to not drink so much… and i’m single. ;)

    5:58 am  Nov 8th, 2013
  12. holly ; the hobbit kitchen

    i loooove popcorn dinner – i actually had it last night, at the cinema! this looks like a far healthier & tastier alternative :)
    the hobbit kitchen x

    6:22 am  Nov 8th, 2013
  13. Samantha

    I have been known to have popcorn for dinner. I’m glad I’m not the only one!

    6:26 am  Nov 8th, 2013
  14. MCS Gal

    The chocolate with the popcorn sounds wonderful. Believe it or not, my husband sometimes suggests popcorn for dinner and he even cooks :)

    6:31 am  Nov 8th, 2013
  15. Sabrina Modelle

    Yes. Yes. Yes. I am missing popcorn so badly since we’ve gone grain free. I may have to have a bowl soon! My favorite is coconut curry popcorn or (the best) buffalo popcorn.

    8:56 am  Nov 8th, 2013
  16. Sean

    Have you ever tried Tiny Buy Mighty popcorn? We sold them when I was at Foodzie. I sorta hate popcorn, because of the hulls that get stuck in your throat, but this is an heirloom varietal with teeny kernels, and when they pop the hulls disintegrate. They also have a naturally buttery flavor. I’m a fan!

    12:15 pm  Nov 9th, 2013
  17. Karen

    We all LOVE popcorn for dinner made in coconut oil (organic virgin, of course)! We drizzle a little butter, sprinkle a little himalayan pink salt, toss, then repeat. However a nice treat is the popcorn my hubby makes with marshmallows. It turns into a lovely caramel corn. The 3 little kids love ranch seasoning on theirs. My 2 oldest love lime zest, sriracha, and salt. All tasty!

    12:27 pm  Nov 10th, 2013
  18. anna @ annamayeveryday

    I love popcorn, sweet, salty, spicy, whichever way it comes – nothing wrong with popcorn for dinner!

    8:12 am  Nov 11th, 2013
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