If you’ve been to The Porter, the new(ish) pub in Little Five Points, you have likely tried their salt and vinegar popcorn … if only for the novelty of it. At 3 bucks it’s one of the cheapest items on the menu and a certain crowd pleaser, especially when washed down with their Dale’s Pale Ale suggested pairing. The salty goodness is devilishly fun to dive into and you can’t help but snort as the vinegar tickles your nosebuds.
Although The Porter has a secret weapon for their specialty popcorn, it’s definitely a dish that can be recreated at home and for a fraction of the cost. The best part? Homemade oil-popped popcorn is low in calories and is also good for you! Two cups has 110 calories, just over 6 grams of fat (mostly the heart-healthy unsaturated fats), only 12 grams of carbs (including 2 grams of fiber), all packed in the goodness of a whole grain.
When buying popcorn, make sure to buy it in bulk. It’s tempting to buy the Orville Redenbacher’s jar of kernels, or even the dreaded microwave varieties, but for less than half the price you can grab a bagful at the closest grocery store with bulk bins. Just up Moreland from The Porter is Sevananda Coop that carries popcorn in white, yellow, and blue varieties. Then head up Moreland to Green’s Beverages on Ponce to pick up your Dale’s Pale Ale. If you haven’t tried it yet, don’t judge a book by its cover. It really is the best beer in a can, especially at its price (usually around $8-$9 for a 6-pack).
Now it’s time to make your perfect popcorn. Follow these simple steps and you can’t go wrong:
- Heat canola oil (just enough to thinly coat the bottom) in a heavy-bottomed pan at medium-high
- Add 2 or 3 kernels of popcorn and cover
- When the kernels pop, take the pan off the heat, keeping the burner going
- Add 1 layer of popcorn to the bottom of the pan and sea salt to taste
- Cover the pan and let it sit for about 15 seconds
- Put the pan back on the burner and intermittently sway the pan back and forth over the burner until the kernels start popping
- If you can, keep the lid open slightly to let some steam out and reduce sogginess
- Once they’re popping, keep the pan moving so as not to burn the popcorn on the bottom
- When the popping has slowed to a slow trickle, take the pan off the heat
This recipe makes for great crispy popcorn with an even coating of salt. At this point, you can add some melted butter, pepper, or even a spoonful or two of powdered sugar if you want some variety. Just put the lid back on the pan and give it a good shake to disperse evenly.
Now it’s time to pop open that can of Dale’s, pop in your Netflix, and enjoy an evening in your favorite local hangout … your living room.
- The Porter, 1156 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta GA 30307, 404.223.0393
- Green’s Beverage Stores, 737 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, 404.872.1109
- Sevananda Natural Foods Market, 467 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307-1562, 404.681.2831