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Spicy Parmesan Garlic Popcorn


An incredibly easy snack that’s a just-right balance of spicy, buttery, and salty! Perfect with a glass of Merlot on a chilly fall night!



  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoongrated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt, to taste


  1. In a large dutch oven or stock pot, heat oil over medium heat with 3 kernels added. When kernels pop, remove them and take the pot off of heat. Add remaining kernels to the pot, return to heat, and cover with the lid slightly ajar.
  2. As kernels begin to pop, “shake” the pot back-and-forth as needed to ensure all kernels are heated in oil. Pop for 1-2 minutes until popping slows. Remove from heat and take off lid.
  3. Melt butter in the microwave for 30 – 45 seconds, checking every 20 seconds to prevent butter from exploding. Transfer popped kernels into a new bowl (like a large serving bowl) and pour butter over while stirring to coat evenly.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together grated parmesan, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle evenly over buttered popcorn and toss to coat. Add salt to taste. Enjoy with a glass of Merlot!


Be sure you use grated parmesan as it will coat the popcorn and easily melt in!

Easily double the recipe to spread the popcorn love!

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy, fall, halloween, appetizer, vegetarian

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