Rocky Top Popcorn

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


Makes 2 to 3 servings
Total time: 20 Minutes

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Total: 20 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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Oxmoor House

August 2012
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