This movie theater popcorn recipe uses real butter for cooking AND topping! It's better than any movie theater popcorn—and it's all natural, too.
In a large pot (Dutch oven sized) with a lid, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee over medium high heat on the stove. While heating, add 3 popcorn kernels; when these pop, you'll know the ghee is hot enough.
When the 3 popcorn kernels pop, remove the pot from the heat and pour in the rest of the popcorn kernels. Cover, leaving a crack for steam to escape, and shake to coat the kernels in ghee. Place the pot back on the hot burner right away.
Continue to shake the pot gently to keep the kernels moving. The kernels will begin to pop, then will pop rapidly, then will slow to a pop or two every few seconds. When the popping slows, remove the pot from the heat and pour the popcorn into a large bowl.
Drop the other two tablespoons of ghee into the hot pot. The ghee will melt quickly. Drizzle the melted ghee over the popcorn, stopping to stir to coat. Sprinkle half of the salt evenly over the popcorn, then stir. Sprinkle the remaining salt and stir again.
If desired, you can return the popcorn to the warm pot to keep the popcorn warm and to soak up extra ghee remaining in the pot.