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Homemade parmesan popcorn is the perfect Oscars party snack. We don't need a popcorn machine, although they are the best. I'm gonna show you how to make popcorn without a popcorn machine. We are gonna make popcorn in a dutch oven and then flavor it with butter and parmesan cheese and serve in a cute popcorn bucket suitable for any party. See me make this on ABC World News Now on Friday Fed 22nd.



Makes about 2-3 cups of Popcorn (Double recipe for more)

  • 1/2 Cup, Popcorn Kernels

  • 3-4 Tablespoons, Olive Oil

  • 1/2 Stick, Unsalted Butter (4 tablespoons), Melted 

  • 1-2 Cups, Parmigiano Reggiano 

  • Salt to Taste



  1. Heat a Dutch oven, add the olive oil and turn the heat on to medium. Add a couple kernels to the oil and wait for one to pop. 

  2. Once one pops, add the rest of the kernels and add a cover to the dutch oven. With oven mitts, shake the pan up every once in a while, not too much. Just enough to rotate them every now and then. Wait until you start to hear popping. 

  3. Once they start to pop, treat it just like microwave popcorn. Listen to the popping, they should start popping rapidly. Continue to shake occasionally. 

  4. Once the popcorn popping starts to slow down to 1-2 pops every few seconds, they are done. Open the lid and release the steam, then transfer to a bowl.

  5. Season the popcorn with salt. Then pour over melted butter, and toss to coat. Then add the parmesan cheese and toss. Add as much parmesan as you want. There are no rules. 

  6. Add the popcorn to the serving buckets or a big bowl and then finish with a generous amount of parmesan and serve. 

  7. Serve in little popcorn buckets from Party City for a fun presentation.

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