With weeks of holiday decadence finally coming to a close, new diets are blowing up. In keeping with that trend and exploding with flavor are these satisfying varieties of homemade popcorn, a low-cal snack (when prepared properly*) that can be worked into any meal plan.
To make popcorn on the stovetop, combine 2 tablespoons of oil, 1/2 cup of corn kernels and a pinch of kosher salt in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook covered until the kernels pop, shaking occasionally to ensure even cooking. Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat and dump the popcorn into a large bowl. This will produce the 8 cups of hot popcorn needed for each recipe below.
According to MyFitnessPal, an online calorie-counter by Under Armour, a large buttered popcorn at AMC Theatres has 1,030 calories and 35 grams of saturated fat. It has no sugar, though, so… still don’t eat one.
2 1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp. truffle oil
8 cups hot popcorn
2 tbsp. freshly grated Pecorino cheese
Truffle salt (or kosher salt)
Freshly ground black pepper
Mix together butter and truffle oil in a small bowl, then drizzle over hot popcorn while tossing. Top with grated Pecorino cheese. Season to taste with truffle salt and freshly ground black pepper.