If you've never heard of ghee or cooked with it, here's an idea that is both healthier than the artificial butter pumped out at the movies and way more delicious! Ghee is clarified butter that's simmered until the milk solids separate and begin to caramelize. Then, when the milk solids are strained out you're left with pure butterfat that has a high smoke point. This is why it doesn't burn and makes for the perfect pot of stovetop popcorn.
Get as plain or as fancy as you like with this recipe. You can spice things up by adding dry spices such as powdered garlic, fresh ground pepper flakes, thyme, rosemary, parsley, grated or powdered cheese or even nutritional yeast. I prefer the old fashioned simple way-- using just salt. The ghee will provide a delicious nutty flavor to go with it.
2 tbsp ghee
½ cup popcorn kernels
high quality Himalayan salt
In a large, heavy pot, melt ghee over medium heat. When the ghee is hot, add 2-3 popcorn kernels and cover. When all the kernels have popped, add the rest of the kernels and some salt.
Cover the pot tightly and shake to coat the kernels with ghee. As they begin to pop, shake the pot occasionally. Cook until the popping slows down and comes to a stop.
Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and sprinkle with salt to taste. This is when you can add your additional toppings.