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Pepperoni Pizza Popcorn
September 29, 2011, 6:21 am
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Pepperoni pizza popcorn, pepperoni pizza popcorn, pepperoni pizza popcorn.  Try saying that ten times fast! 

For my husband’s birthday last weekend, he wanted nothing more than to lay around the house, watch movies as a family and play bored games.  He also wanted to order pizza from a new spot nearby.  I’d been eating lasagna and birthday cake, so I didn’t want to splurge on the fat and calories in a pepperoni pizza.  However, I couldn’t let everyone else have all the fun, so I thought I’d try to recreate pizza in the form of popcorn. 

I should preface this recipe with the fact that this was my first time making popcorn that didn’t involve a bag and a microwave.  Yes, that’s right, I made popcorn on the stove and it was pretty easy (I only burnt half of the first batch!)  I have to say that the methodology of this recipe may take some tweaking to get the pepperoni/cheese/spice mixture to stick to the popcorn better, but it really did taste like a pepperoni pizza and popcorn had a love child. 

Before I made this, I did a Google search to see if this had been done before, and what method was used.  The only results I got were seasoning popcorn with oregano for a “pizza flavor” but I wanted the full experience, the tomato, the cheese, and the spices.  I found a recipe (or rather a method) for making tomato powder here but I’m sure such a thing could be found online or at a gourmet store. I used freshly grated parmesan cheese because I don’t like the powdered stuff (but if you do, it would probably work better here.)

I wrote the recipe as I made it, but I think if I would have tossed the hot popcorn with more melted butter and the topping immediately, it would have stuck better. 



Pepperoni Pizza Popcorn




1/2 cup popcorn kernels

2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons melted butter

2 tablespoons tomato powder

1 tablespoon each, oregano and basil

1/4 cup mini pepperoni

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional)



To make the popcorn seasoning:  Mix the tomato powder, spices, pepperoni, and parmesan cheese.  Set aside.

To pop the popcorn:  Place oil in a wide, heavy bottomed pot with a tight fitting lid.  Heat on medium-high heat.  Add one or two kernels of popcorn.  When they pop, you know the oil is hot enough to add the rest of the kernels.  Place the lid on immediately (unless you want popcorn all over your kitchen.)  Pop for 3-5 minutes, or until the kernels pop only every 2-3 seconds.  Remove from heat and toss with butter, then spice and cheese mixture.  Serve immediately. 



14 Comments so far
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Wow! I am so impressed. Very creative. This is such a great idea. I also see you have Around My French Table as a category. That’s one of my favorites! I am new to your blog and can’t wait to read more.

Comment by Kimberly @ Badger Girl Learns to Cook

This sounds so fun! I love popcorn but adding extra flavorings is always a plus. I love this recipe!

Comment by Cassie l Bake Your Day

This is such a great idea, Alyssa!!! I love making my own popcorn. I haven’t bought the microwave kind in years. This sounds so delicious and is very creative!

Comment by Stephanie

What a fun idea…..the popcorn sounds yummy.

Comment by Susie

I love this idea! I can’t wait to try making some tomato powder 😉

Comment by Sarah

Oh wow! What an amazing idea! How cute is this…and it combines my son’s two favorite things. I bet I could get him to clean his room and do his homework without a bit of whining if I made this..invaluable info, in my opinion. Thanks! You’re a lifesaver! Fantastic recipe!

Comment by Kate @Kate from Scratch

that would be great with some chilled beer ! 🙂

Comment by kankana

What a GREAT idea! Happy birthday to you hubby!

Comment by Ann

What an awesome idea for popcorn! Pepperoni was my fav pizza topping before I went vegetarian. I bet this is just delicious!

Comment by thesmartcookiecook

Very creative. My mother in law makes the best popcorn on the stovetop. Mine is okay but hers is the bomb. I tend to use the dome popper. It works really well. But every now and then I have to pull out a big pot and do it the old fashioned way. Yours looks so amazing, I give you huge props for doing all the research. Very cool.

Comment by Kim Bee

So creative! Really an unique idea that would be a show stopper at a movie party. 🙂

Comment by bloomeveryday

This sounds so good! What a great idea!

Comment by Shay

This “love child” looks delicious, I can see how it works even if the ingredients don’t stick.. sort of like chex mix! I’m going to have to try this one out. i love your blog and your writing, made me smile 🙂

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