Paper Bag Popcorn

It’s time to share another of my really GREAT no-brainer recipes. (Remember, to pass my test for greatness, a recipe must have minimal ingredients, not a lot of prep work, and so easy you can memorize it, yet it still also tastes good.)  This one passes all those marks and is healthy to boot.  I first learned it from Martha Stewart many years ago, then tweaked it to make a Good Thing better. 

Who needs Orville Redenbacher to decide how much fat and salt goes on your microwave popcorn? And who needs the extra appliance of an air popper when this popcorn turns out just as healthy, fragrant and fluffy? Try this for your next at-home movie night, which for us will hopefully be tonight, as we try to finish up our Netflix copy of “Evita”…

Paper Bag Popcorn

1/4 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
1 paper lunch sack (standard, brown paper lunch sack, self-standing, flat bottomed, about 5 1/8″ x 3 1/8′ x 10 5/8″)

Put kernels in bottom of sack.  Fold top of bag over to create a 1-inch flap (pinch and crease it so that it stays in place). Place bag flap-side down in microwave oven. Set microwave on High for 1 1/2 minutes and listen for popping to slow down as your signal to stop the oven, adding more time if necessary (in our 800-watt oven, it takes about 2:15 to get it just right).  Eat it plain out of the bag or pour on melted butter.  (We like using “butter spray” like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter or Safeway’s Butterlicious.)  Add other seasonings like salt, parmesan cheese, dried herbs, or make it kettle style by sprinkling on a salt and sugar (or stevia) mixture. Enjoy!  (Makes about 6 cups of popped popcorn per bag.)
This is fun for kids to make, with adult supervision of course!

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