Recipe: Garlic-Parmesan Cayenne Popcorn

Garlic-Parmesan Cayenne Popcorn, Courtesy:
Garlic-Parmesan Cayenne Popcorn, Courtesy:
On most week days around 3pm at work, someone makes popcorn, or perhaps I should say…someone burns popcorn! You know that burnt popcorn smell, the one that gets into your hair and clothes and make you crave ice water with lemon (or is that just me?). 

I love to snack on popcorn, but I get tired of the butter-like topping in the microwave bag brands.  Other generally popular varieties also don’t interest me, including kettle corn, cheddar cheese, and sea salt flavors. So, when I came across this unique popcorn flavor combination on, I was intrigued. The combination of salty parmesan, earthy garlic and spicy cayenne create an unexpected flavor explosion. Try it and let me know what you think.

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup popcorn kernels
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  2. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring, then remove saucepan from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Warm vegetable oil in a large, deep pot with a tight-fitting lid over high heat.
  4. When oil is hot, add un-popped popcorn, cover pot, and cook 1 minute.
  5. Vigorously slide pot back and forth over burner until popcorn begins to pop. Continue cooking and shaking pot until popping subsides, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove pot from heat and transfer popcorn to large serving bowl.
  7. Pour butter-garlic mixture over popcorn, sprinkle with Parmesan and cayenne and toss to coat.
  8. Season with salt and serve.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions

  • This makes a lot of popcorn. In reading the reviews before I made it, several people commented that the recipe yielded far too much popcorn and that they needed to use a very large pot to make it. I halved the recipe and had no issues with using a large pot.

Yield: 20 cups

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5 thoughts on “Recipe: Garlic-Parmesan Cayenne Popcorn

  1. Andi November 5, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    I LOVE popcorn!! Great recipe!!


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