Stove Top Pop

So it all started one day waiting at the doctor’s office, when I saw in a glimpse, that I’ll be one of those little old ladies one day—that’s right, the one that rips the recipe page right out of the magazine and quickly stuffs it in her purse. For the record, I did check to see if it was a recent edition I could pull up online, but the magazine was 2 years old, odds were slim, and quick thinking prevailed.

I shared this story with some great friends of ours that are doctors and have their own practices who will explain to any patient, “We’ll gladly make a copy of the article for you.” But what’s done is done. And the best/worst part, it’s not even a real recipe but rather the most amazing popcorn mixes ever. Period.

You see, after moving into our house, we quickly realized just how small our kitchen is and we quickly opted to forgo a microwave in exchange for keeping counter space. Yes it may be 2011, but I guarantee you we eat healthier and better tasting food because we don’t have that little nuking gem most can’t live without. I know…check back with us once there are children in the house. But for now, we totally use our stove top and one amazing convection toaster oven my husband’s family bought us.

We also acquired the awesome Whirley-Pop, from Wabash Family Farms. No, it’s not the only popcorn maker on the block, nor do you have to have one. Popcorn pops wonderfully in a regular old pot with a lid. But we love our popcorn maker with the old school crank.

All this explained to help you better understand my doctor’s office decision day along with my top picks for delicious, fresh popcorn flavors you just can’t buy on a store shelf anywhere.

PIZZA POP After popping popcorn, add a generic pizza seasoning, Italian seasoning, or any combination of your favorite pizza type spices—oregano, savory, garlic, basil, etc…along with some sea salt,  melted butter, and quartered slices of pepperoni. Yum.

ROSEMARY Fresh diced rosemary, sea salt, and a little butter is my all time favorite.

HONEY BUTTER Melt fresh local honey in with your butter and feel free to brown walnuts, pecans, or almonds and pour over your popcorn. Dash of sea salt here also helps. And a little cinnamon if you like.

SMORES Exactly what you think. Mini marshmallows, chocolate morsel bits, and honey graham cereal mixed to your popcorn.

LOWCOUNTRY CORN A personal concoction based on Lowcountry Boil. I mix some fresh lime zest in with Old Bay, and then stir in the fresh lime juice with melted butter on the stove. Pour butter mix over popcorn and then toss in Old Bay with lime zest. Just add beer and sunshine.

Does anyone else stove top pop? What are your favorite mixes?

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