You will never go back microwave popcorn after trying this range-top recipe. It is made with oil, margarine, and seasoned salt.
You will never go back microwave popcorn after trying this range-top recipe. It is made with oil, margarine, and seasoned salt.
Hi, I posted this recipe. I just wanted to let you know the ingredients I use because reviewer "Annie" gave me 1 star because she is having troubles getting it right. I start by buying the best (most expensive) yellow popcorn kernels. Cheaper brands don't pop well. I use Pure Wesson Vegetable Oil and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to cook them in. Then I top it off with Lawry's Seasoned Salt (remember not to add too much). I hope that helps Annie. When you get it to work I hope you come back and update your review. Thank you and enjoy!Read More
Hi, I posted this recipe. I just wanted to let you know the ingredients I use because reviewer "Annie" gave me 1 star because she is having troubles getting it right. I start by buying the best (most expensive) yellow popcorn kernels. Cheaper brands don't pop well. I use Pure Wesson Vegetable Oil and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to cook them in. Then I top it off with Lawry's Seasoned Salt (remember not to add too much). I hope that helps Annie. When you get it to work I hope you come back and update your review. Thank you and enjoy!
Soooooo easy and delicious, no need to microwave ever again! But! Note that this popcorn can be made really successfully using the same method but with only 1 T of canola oil and 1 T of margarine (I use Smart Balance), the salt will still stick just fine and the fat is cut down a ton. Have fun!
Believe it or not there is a trick to this for those who are afraid of burning the popcorn. Only add 3 kernels to the oil first and when all 3 pop then add the rest of the unpopped kernels. Make sure you shake well so that it is in motion. We also like to add the butter oil that you can get at the grocery store. Delicious and the paper bag gets rid of the extra oil that usually deposits at the bottom of the bowl. I REFUSE to eat microwave popcorn again. Delicious. Thanks for the post.
This was absolutely delicious! The oil and butter combine to make a perfectly seasoned snack without being greasy. We used to make air-popped popcorn and drizzle on melted butter -- tasty but greasy. Then we switched to microwave popcorn -- easy and quick, but it always has a weird, artificial taste (you know what I'm talking about -- that strange coating it leaves in your mouth). Then I decided to get back to nature and found this simple recipe. Being raised in the days of Jiffy Pop and progressing to microvwave popcorn, I never knew it was so simple to just make popcorn in an ordinary pot. This was so easy --popped up very fast (I just listened to the pops and took it off the stove when popping slowed), very tasty, and virtually no unpopped kernels. If no brown paper bag is handy, no problem. Just put the popcorn in a bowl lined with a paper towel. I'm going to experiment with using smaller amounts of oil and butter to see how lean I can make this without sacrificing taste. I really like the flavor and texture of this popcorn, and I enjoy serving a fresh snack without the preservatives, artificial flavorings, colorings and chemicals that are found in packaged microwave corn. I'm never going back!
Try adding the salt in with the oil, margarine and popcorn before popping. This is how we do it and it's popcorn is the best!!!
This reminds me of the popcorn we used to take to the drive in when I was a kid. Good to have once again to have my kids experiance it, too. We had a movie night, popped this popcorn and camped out on the living room floor. We had a blast. Thanks for posting this recipe.
Delicious! Used butter in place of margarine. My mom and dad couldn't stop eating it and kept saying "This is the best!!!"
Great recipe-I have made this recipe for years, since I was a kid. The only addition I have made is shaking parmesan cheese on it as well (use less salt) - delicious!
I've made this recipe a few times now, and it's really easy and tasty! I would DEFINTELY recommend reducing the salt. It's way too salty as is, but this is just a personal preference. Also, I didn't have any margarine the first time I made it, so I used two tbls of unsalted butter and this was pretty good also! I've since tried it with margarine, and I prefer the butter, but both are good! Thanks for the recipe!
This popcorn was excellent. I have been making microwave popcorn for awhile now but I may stick to the old-fashioned stovetop popcorn from now on! It tastes more like what you get in a movie theater!!! The bag is a great idea to mix it all up in!!!
Love it! As a kid, we made air popped. I quit buying my husband microwave after health rumors. This reminds me of my first job at a movie theatre. I also did the canola/smart balance suggestion.
This is our favorite recipe! It's easy, buttery, & delicious. Dad makes it with the kids on family night!
Great recipe sir!! My kids never had popcorn this way. I had to make 2 batches for a slumber party tonight and as I type this they are still begging for more!
This was an excellent way to pop the popping corn I got in my CSA box! I used vegetable oil, butter, a bit of salt, and a bit of sugar. Incredibly yummy!
made this in my Stir-Crazy Popcorn Popper, very good popcorn. Plan to try other seasoning salts in the future
Super tip, I think the best way to prepare popcorn, very yummy and buttery flavor. Less oil and margarine can be used, the secret is that the oil/margarine need cover the popcorn, excellent! thank you!!
This is my family's favourite popcorn treat! Thank you Mr. Gawecki for adding this recipe!
Mmmm...best popcorn ever!! And putting it in a paper bag was a great idea. It creates easy clean up plus absorbs some of the oil. We will use this recipe again and again.
This is a great recipe! It's a good workout for your arms too haha. An easy 5 stars.
I grew up on stove top popcorn and we always took it to the drive-in in brown paper grocery sacks! We make stove top popcorn all the time for school snack and work, as well as home. My family feels that Corn oil gives a better taste than canoloa oil. And the author is correct, cheap popcorn tastes poorly. The higher quality popcorn does taste better. Depending on the thickness of the pan, you may need to turn the heat down towards the end of popping.
Yum Yum ! I agree with using FRESH kernel popcorn (vs. stale popcorn that has been sitting on your shelf- makes a big difference)- I omitted the butter .. but did everything else the same. OMG, I can't stop eating it.. You will never go back to the microwavable bags!
super easy, I've never tried popping popcorn over the stove top but needed to do something, my Maytag Microwave of 2 years exploded. this recipe was super simple. thanks.
This tasted excatly like the movie popcorn. I will make it again and again.
I make this popcorn all the time! It's super easy and turns out great everytime. I follow the directions exact, except every once in a while I mix it up and throw some sugar on it (1/2 teaspoon).
Listen, this is the "bomb", as my daughter says when she loves something!! Five stars for this great family-time popcorn recipe. I don't think anyone has ever had the idea to add a popcorn recipe and I am so glad you did. To the others who fear using butter, remember this, margarine is ONE MOLECULE FROM BEING A PLASTIC!!!! And also ladies, the five best foods not to avoid include "BUTTER". DON'T FEAR BUTTER!! BUTTER IS OUR FRIEND, MARGARINE IS "NOT" OUR FRIEND, BUTTER IS NATURAL, MARGARINE IS NOT. USE BUTTER INSTEAD OF MARGARINE, IN MODERATION...ENJOY!!
My family, friends and I love this recipe! After searching for and testing many popcorn recipes, this was the best tasting!
Great popcorn. I added some garlic seasoning to it though, just because :) It was also my first time popping popcorn using a stove, since I usually microwave mine. The popcorn was delicious and I added a bit more season salt. I still like microwaveable butter popcorn but this works too!
This was the first popcorn recipe I came upon. Everyone was right! This popcorn is great!
This is almost exactly how my father used to make us popcorn when we were little. Once in a while I will make popcorn for my kids this way. Tastes better than microwave popcorn and brings back great memories.
This popcorn is sooo good! I would concur that you should use a good kernel to start with as it will make a world of a difference in the results of popping. I can't get enough, that's how good it is!
Good. Simple. Probably how people used to do it before microwaves. Probably only takes an extra minute or two as well.
Hi,Mr. G, it's your favorite student, this popcorn is AMAZING! Anyone reading this should give it 5 stars, even though it deserves 10000000000000000000 stars! It is a delight to eat when watching a movie, or even for a snack! Thanks for the recipie! ps. now you have to make me some, ml
I used butter in place of the margarine and canola for the oil. The first time I tried cooking it, I ended up with complete disaster--burnt popcorn and a house full of smoke, so the second time I took a more patient approach and turned the heat down to medium high. The result was fantastic, and I'm not even a popcorn lover! (my husband and two-year-old are) We tend to like things on the salty side, so we added a little extra regular salt. I can see that there's definitely a little skill involved in making popcorn, so I'm glad I tried twice. Thanks!
This is an excellent recipe. I've never tried to make popcorn on the stove before and I was very glad to find a recipe that explained how simple it is. I recommend medium-high heat and to preheat your pan first adding the oil and butter in immediately before adding in the kernals. Spice things up with pepper or herbs or some Parmesan cheese.
This recipe was excellent. Cheaper than the microwave kind. I did a blind taste test with my family and this popcorn won every time over the microwave brand. Instead of the paperbag, I put paper towels in a large bowl. I also use a large stock pot & lid to better contain the popping kernals.
Perfect, thank you! Eye-balled all amounts, used store brand kernels, and was still perfect. The secret was to keep moving. Thank you for this.
Oh my goodness, so love the name of this popcorn recipe. Even though my mother made something very similar to this, my 4 siblings and I would go to the drive in movies with my dad with a big bag of popcorn in a brown paper bag ,all of us kids fresh from a bath and in pajamas! I would also name it MOM"S NIGHT OFF popcorn LOL!!
best ever dads the best x
My two year old loved it, but my husband and I felt something was lacking. Maybe we'll just stick to the normal butter and salt. Thanks for the recipe
Excellent recipe! No name brand ingredients necessary. I used generic oil, generic popcorn, generic salt and generic margarine and it turned out perfectly. I did follow LOLLEYBAUER's suggestion of adding the salt to the oil/margarine mixture before adding the corn...nice touch btw. No more store bought popcorn for me!
I grew up making stove top popcorn. It was always so exciting when mom would get out three paper bags to fill with popcorn. My four sisters and I would take turns being the one who held the bags open for her. While another was encharge of pillows, another had blankets another had kool aid and so on. Dad would open the back of the station wagon and we would all pile in. Off to the Drive-In Movies we went .A car full of five excited little girls and the yummy smell of popcorn. Drive-In Movies are almost a thing of the past but I think of that every time I make popcorn. With one of my daughters holding the bag and the other getting the blanktes and my husband putting the DVD in. Makeing Memories. Thanks for thinking of putting this receipe up so others might enjoy it with their family and friends
Yummy!!! Sorry microwave bags but no more for me! This reminds me of the homemade popcorn my grandmother made on the stove. My cousins and I would beg her to leave the lid off a little longer so we could try to catch the flying kernels. I am not used to this much oild/margarine so I might try the reduction suggestions mentioned by others.
One suggestion I have -- After the first kernel pops, remove the popcorn from the heat for 1 minute. This will allow the popcorn to roast and darken. Return the popcorn to the heat and follow the rest of the recipe. I love the 1/2 popped roasted old maids.
better than "movie popcorn"! Thanks for the tip of adding butter to the oil-never did that before and made a huge flavorful difference.
I love making popcorn like this. One tip I have is to use med-high heat (about 7 out of 10) instead of high heat. This makes the popped kernels fluffier and less condensed.
Better than going to the movies! I loved it and will never buy microwave popcorn again!
I've made popcorn like this for years but I sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. My son loves it!
Prepared as directed and absolutely loved it!
I've made this probably 10 times now. It is super easy and delicious. We were using Orville Redenbacher popcorn. Wife just bought some store brand popcorn kernels and there's a BIG difference in quality. I highly recommend that you pay the extra dollar or two and get the good stuff!
I need to take exception to one review which recommended using 1 T Canola Oil/1 T Smart Balance to 1/2 cup kernels. This ration burned the bottom of my pan black and created a huge amount of smoke and of course blackened the popcorn. After experimenting I found the correct ratio to be 4 T Canola Oil/ 4 T Smart Balance to one half cup of kernels. Popped to that ration the popcorn was excellent.....
I read the reviews to this while munching on a bowl of popcorn I had just made, with very similar ingredients and method. I tried the seasoned salt...different. I too remember being a kid, dumping fresh popped corn into a big paper bag, piling into the station wagon, and then off to the drive-in movies. Good times! When I made this tonight, I put about 1 Tblsp butter in a 2 qt pot, melted the butter on very low, skimmed off the foam, cranked up the heat with a couple kernels, and when they popped, I added enough kernels to cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer. I covered and shook while they all popped. Dumped this into a bigger pot lined with paper lunch bags (all I had), sprinkled on the seasoned salt, covered with another lunch bag and pan lid and shook real good. Tasted...needed more salt...did that...shook more, and...finally...got it. I'm going to add the salt to the butter next time. Might try maple syrup? I read that somewhere... This sure does beat microwave popcorn, but you can't beat the convenience of those bags when you're at the office and you have the 3pm snack attack!! Thank you for posting your Daddy's Popcorn recipe11 :)
This is how my family has always made popcorn, it is delicious! We make a big batch and put it in a brown grocery bag like in the picture and take it with us to the drive in theater in our town, the kids love it and so do I. (I also use real butter)
Just ran across this recipe and it brought tears to my eyes....this is exactly how my daddy popped his popcorn and even put in the paper sack with the top cut off. I lost my dad when i was 16. He taught me to make popcorn this way..Thank you for bringing back such memories. I am going to go out and get some popcorn today..
Terriffic recipe! I have been making making stove-top popcorn since I was young (30 out of 41 years). I find that the salt issue is just a personal thing - I like seasoned salt, the kids don't. Hard to belive people don't make it this way instead of the "easier" micro style junk.
This works great in our large "Lincoln Popper" popcorn machine. Use a little less oil also for dryer popcorn also.
Terrific recipe! I used the tip of one of the other reviewers to add 2 or 3 kernels in the oil and add the rest when they pop. We get perfectly popped popcorn every time.
I rated it a one only because I can't get it right. I have tried three times to make it and I can't get the corn to pop well and it burns. Seems to be greasy as well but that is probably because of the way it is popping.
Took me back to my childhood watching the weekly Disney movie with my family. Thank you for a terrific recipe. My girls loved watching this pop through the glass lid on the pot. They say they only want this kind now in place of the microwave variety.
Wow, this popcorn is amazing! I just made it and am enjoying it now. It is everything John said it is... so easy and way better than microwave popcorn! It didn't take long to at all. I added some parmesan cheese as well. Yum!
WOW! I have been strictly microwave for years now, but wanted to make our own for the kids to try, and I know I picked the right instructions here! I didn't actually measure the butter(well, country crock) or the salt, but everything came out great. Thanks so much!
so much healthier!
perfect! Just like Dad's. Only he used butter flavored crisco.
This is hands down the best popcorn ever!! I have to make double batches and it gone quickly!!!!
Yum! I prefer the microwave recipe on this site, but this is still good.
Yep. This is daddy's popcorn alright. My kis always beg their dad to make this and we all love it. EAsy and great!!
Perfection every time! Yum!
I admit I was leary about this recipe before trying it but after making it and then not being able to stop eating it....delicious!! I did try it with butter and am sad to say that it didn't taste as good so just use the margarine!!
Fantastic! This is how my Daddy made popcorn too! He never measured anything so occasionally the popcorn was a hit and miss! The measurements, pan size and timing were right on! Thank you for the detailed recipe information! I used vegetable oil and butter and it turned out beautifully. WAY better than the chemically stuff you get from a microwave bag!!
The season salt is a freat addition. I only make our popcorn on the stove and it is a rare treat. I used butter instead of margarine.
Thanks! The popcorn was so fresh tasting. I also used smart balance instead of margerine and reduced it to 1.5 Tablespoons.
So easy--who knew! Delicious and quick. Thanks!! We'll never buy microwave again--seriously!
THIS is the popcorn I grew up on!! My mom made it just like this all the time...sometimes she would just sprinkle on some garlic salt. I do cut down on the amount of fat used, just like another viewer recommended. I can't beleive I have been using microwave all this time.. I'm glad I stumbled across your recipe to get me back in the groove of making REAL popcorn. Now if I could just find some big paper grocery bags.. they're not easy to find around here!!
Delicious! I just used the store brand yellow popping corn, canola oil and butter. It came out delicious and basically all but 8 kernels popped! I will definitely be using this recipe again. I want to experiment with different flavoring options. It was easy!
I made this popcorn using this recipe and it was the best popcorn i have ever had. Good recipe Mr.G
I am a seasoned cook but popcorn is the one thing I have never tried making on the stove. I had a bag of kernals and decided to try it. Your recipe is so much better than whats on the back of the kernal bag. It turned out perfect!!!! Instead of seasoned salt if you add a little salt and sugar it turns out just like kettle corn! Wonderful, economical, easy and just plain great!!!!!!!!
Great recipe (& easy clean up!) You can make this better for you by substituting coconut oil. (Don't worry - you don't taste any coconut flavor) but coconut oil is much better for you! I did this and it turned out perfectly!
Very good! I used butter instead of the margarine once and found that, with butter, it tasted better after the popcorn sat for a while.
This reminds me of home. Mom always made popcorn and dumped it in a paper sack and took it to football games. However, I prefer making this with peanut oil vs. vegetable oil.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm so good!
Absolutely amazing popcorn. We make this almost weekly for family movie night. My hubby likes to use bacon salt on his, but I like mine plain.
I used less oil and it was still tasty and the salt stuck!
very good used extra oil and margarine though
I have to say I am an experienced cook whos never made popcorn before! this was soooo easy and it came out perfect!!! i used the cheap popcorn from walmart, regular vegi oil... and butter.. on a glass top stove no less... GREAT RECIPE
Great, but i prefer butter. but take care, butter burns faster then margarine. As for a paper grocery bag, I haven't seen one of those in years... LOL. A paper towel lined bowl works fine.
I LOVE popcorn, especially stovetop made popcorn, and I LOVE this recipe! I have always just used oil, never margarine/butter. I used butter for this, and didn't have to drizzle any additional on top. And the seasoned salt was fantastic on top! Great recipe! Thanks!
I loved this popcorn. this is one of my fave snack recipes
MMMMM... we love this at home! So much better than store bought, and a little goes a long way. For my family of 6 (2 adults and 4 children) 1/2 a cup of kernals is just right!
Made it exactly as recipe stated and it came out perfectly! There was no greasiness and the flavor was great. Thank you for a keeper.
Simple and straight forward, the seasoned salt give a bit of a twist to standard salted popcorn. We agree with the submitter that stove-top popcorn is so much better than microwaved.
Like most of the other reviewers, I think this is a terrific recipe. The only reason why I'm not giving it 5 stars is that, even with reducing the oil/margarine by nearly half, the popcorn was still a tad oily for my husband's and my taste. We're going to try using 1 1/2 T oil and 1 T margarine next time to hopefully get the optimal texture for us. That being said, the popping technique is terrific--not a single burned kernal. Best of all, no icky microwave popcorn smell! This recipe is definitely a keeper.
this is our popcorn recipe! everyone loves coming over for movie night just to get the popcorn!
i love this old fashioned way to make popcorn. it truly is so much better than microwave!
I didn't give a five because my usual recipe for stovetop popcorn comes out lighter in a 6qt. pot, I think because the larger pot allows me to open the lid every few seconds to release steam. The 2-qt. pot size in this recipe is wrong; I used a 3-qt. and 1/2 cup of popcorn still lifted the lid. Although the popcorn was relatively tough, it did have a good flavor. I plan to try adding butter to my cooking oil next time I use my big pot.
My favorite popcorn! No more microwave stuff. I use I can't believe it's not butter and canola oil. Tastes good the next day! Thank you for this recipe!
My Dad used to make popcorn like this when we were kids and went to the drive in movies. I made it a few times now and find it still works best to put it all in the pot at once and just keep shaking to keep from burning. Go light on the season salt and just cover the bottom of you pot with the vegetable oil. I tried the few kernels until the popped but when I dumped the rest in the oil splattered really bad all over the place, so be careful with that.
this recipe reminds me of the way my dad made popcorn. the way popcorn should be made and taste. none of the waxy microwave popcorn yuck!! the first time i made popcorn on the stove for my husband he looked at me like i was nuts.. he at almost the entire bowl. he couldnt get over how good and crispy it tasted. once the popcorn starts popping you have to move the kettle constantly. i mean constantly. i do tend to use less oil then recommended and i use real butter. i never buy the expensive popcorn it to me always seems stale. we have local popcorn company and its great. large corn and never stale. i have also used jiffy pop and it works fine. thanks for the keeper.
Way better than the movie theater.
I tried this popcorn in your class once and I LOVED it!!!! It was very AMAZING and AWESOME!! I'll have to tell my family about this wonderful recipe for popcorn. It brought me back in time to the pioneer days!!