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Over-the-Top Popcorn Photo by: Photo: John O'Hagan; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Over-the-Top Popcorn

This recipe turns everybody's favorite snack into a meal with the addition of bacon and Parmesan cheese.

Southern Living SEPTEMBER 2008

  • Yield: Makes 2 to 3 servings
  • Cook time:10 Minutes
  • Prep time:10 Minutes


  • 4 bacon slices
  • 1 (1.3-oz.) bag popped microwave popcorn
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons buttermilk Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels. Coarsely chop bacon. Pour popped popcorn into a large bowl. Toss with bacon, Parmesan cheese, melted butter, and buttermilk Ranch dressing mix. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper, and serve immediately.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Orville Redenbacher's Natural Simply Salted 50% Less Fat Gourmet Popping Corn.


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