Paper Bag Parmesan Popcorn

Paper Bag Parmesan Popcorn - Photo by Taste As You Go

The smell of popcorn popping is a tantalizing one and one that evokes memories of my youth. My father liked to snack on popcorn while he watched television in the evening, so smell of it popping always reminds me of him. I took on eating popcorn in the evening, just like my father, but then stopped abruptly after I finally realized how many chemicals went into the stuff.

Was there a way to make popcorn in the microwave without the additives?

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I don't know where I saw the idea of using a paper bag to pop popcorn in the microwave first, but I do know that I've been wanting to try it for myself ever since. All you need is a paper lunch bag, popcorn kernels, extra virgin olive oil, and salt!

Well, and a microwave.


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Truth be told, I was actually surprised that it worked. I wasn't paying close enough attention the first time I tried this method, so I wound up burning a few pieces, but the second attempt was flawlessly successful.

Once I was comfortable with the execution process, I started fancying-up my popcorn post-popping. One of my favorite things to do is to add freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the still-warm popcorn. The cheese melts slightly and gives the popcorn a lovely nutty flavor.

Have you ever tried the paper bag method of popping popcorn? How did it work out for you?

Paper Bag Parmesan Popcorn

Printable Recipe

  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 paper lunch bag
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, to taste

  1. Toss the popcorn with the olive oil and salt in the paper bag.

  2. Fold the top of the bag over twice and then place the bag in the microwave.

  3. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, or until there are about 5 seconds between pops.

  4. Remove the bag from the microwave and carefully open the bag away from your face.

  5. Pour the popcorn in a bowl and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese to taste.

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