There is nothing quite as awesome as freshly popped popcorn next to the campfire when you are camping, especially during the fall season when the weather finally cools off and you can have a campfire in Louisiana. Ha! Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks when camping along with s’mores, but in our family, we only like it made on the stove (or over the fire) instead of in the microwave or with a bulky air popper.
I have been making this recipe for over five years and it takes the same amount of time as microwave popcorn, but it tastes way better, is free of chemicals and additives, and it always pops up completely (no leftover kernels in the bottom of the pot!) and it doesn’t burn (well, as long as you don’t let it!) My favorite type of popcorn is the CampMasters Mauve Popcorn Kernels that my son sells through Cub Scouts every fall. These kernels pop completely and do not leave pesky hulls that get stuck in your teeth. Also, they pop up light and fluffy and taste delicious. The best part is knowing that the money raised through popcorn sales goes right back into my son’s Cub Scout Pack to provide programming, advancements, activities, and education for the scouts in the pack. It’s actually popcorn time right now, so if you haven’t bought some from your favorite scout, it’s not too late to do so!! I know I am about to buy a year’s supply to store in our pantry since we’ve become partial to this brand only.
But let’s get this show on the road… Here’s the recipe for SUPER EASY Stovetop Popcorn
2 TBSP canola oil
2 TBSP Seasoning (we like Slap Ya Mama and/or Jane’s Crazy Salt)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup unpopped popcorn kernels (CampMasters Mauve is our fave!)
In a saucepan, heat 2 TBSP of oil on a medium-high heat. Add 2-3 kernels of popping corn to the pot and put the lid on the pot. Let the oil heat up until the test kernels pop and then add the remaining popcorn, return lid to pot. Gently shake the popcorn while popping to ensure that it does not burn. Remove pan from heat when most kernels have popped and the popping sounds have slowed. Toss popcorn into a large bowl. Melt butter on the stove on low heat and add seasoning. Pour into the bowl and toss and/or stir to coat your popcorn. Enjoy!