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Rocky Top Popcorn

Photo: John O'Hagan; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Prep time 20 mins
Total time 20 mins
Yield Makes 2 to 3 servings
So you’re not a Vols fan? Do yourself a favor and just change the name so you can enjoy this to-die-for snack without reservation.

Ingredients

  • 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

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

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