I’ve combined three of my favorite ingredients to make this Rosemary Parmesan Bacon Popcorn truly legendary. Kernels of popcorn take a swim in bacon fat before popping and then tossed with fresh rosemary, shaved Parmesan cheese and crumbled bacon. Perfect for movie night, game day or any time you need an amazing savory snack.
This recipe was written in partnership with Sartori. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. They provided the cheese I used in this recipe, but I received no further compensation. Thank you for supporting this brand that allows me the opportunity to create content for Melanie Makes.
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For the past couple of years, we’ve made every Friday night at our house either a movie night or game night. By the end of the week, everyone is exhausted and mama doesn’t want to make dinner so popcorn is always our meal of choice. Sure, some popcorn with butter is fine and well, but to make things a bit more special this Rosemary Parmesan Bacon Popcorn really sets the stage for an amazing weekend ahead.
I’ve shared a sweet popcorn recipe with you before with this addictive White Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn and I’ve even used popcorn as a breading for my popular Rosemary Popcorn Crusted Chicken Parmesan. My love of popcorn runs deep. Often times if my husband is in surgery late and I don’t feel like making dinner, I’ll fix the menagerie something to eat and then we’ll nosh on popcorn for dinner later. I mean, who wouldn’t want to come home to a big bowl of this Rosemary Parmesan Bacon Popcorn? Although I will admit last week he got home and I had devoured 80% of the bowl and he was left with the bottom of the bowl remnants. Oops!
When I was growing up, my mom would always pop popcorn in bacon fat and it was served alongside slices of cheddar cheese. What can I say, she has great taste! I’ve simple elevated things a bit further by combining three of my favorite ingredients that make this Rosemary Parmesan Bacon Popcorn legendary. Kernels of popcorn take a swim in bacon fat before popping and then being tossed with fresh rosemary, shaved Parmesan cheese and crumbled bacon.
The fact that I now have my very own rosemary plant outside and was able to just walk out my front door and snip off what I need makes this popcorn super special. I also keep a mason jar of bacon fat in the fridge at all times so that this popcorn and any other dish that needs a punch of flavor is ready in minutes. And of course, I have another shortcut on hand in the fridge as well. As much as I love shaved Parmesan, actually completing the task is not one of my favorites. Instead, I look to my friends at Sartori to do the hard work and us their tubs of shaved Parmesan. As a Wisconsin resident for seven years, you know great cheese makes my heart happy! For this recipe, I love their Tuscan Blend which is actually a blend of Parmesan and Fontina cheeses. And the way it immediately starts to melt when it hits the hot popcorn and fills in all the nooks and crannies? SO GOOD.
Rosemary Parmesan Bacon Popcorn
- 1/4 cup bacon fat
- 3/4 cup popcorn kernels
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
- 8 strips bacon cooked
- 1 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
- In a large pot over medium heat, add bacon fat.
- Once hot and fat has completely melted, add popcorn kernels.
- Once the first kernel has popped, place lid on pot and shake pot to distribute popcorn evenly.
- Continue to occasionally shake pot to insure all kernels will be near the heat source to pop.
- When popping is complete, pour popcorn into a large bowl. Add salt, rosemary, bacon and Parmesan cheese and toss to combine.
- Serve immediately.
For your next movie night, game day or any other time you’re looking for a savory snack, why not pair this Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn with a few other varieties and create a popcorn bar of sorts? You might try pairing it with this sweet Caramel S’mores Popcorn, this delicious Pantry Popcorn Mix or even this Spicy Ranch Popcorn. Because you can never have enough popcorn in your life, right?