Pizza Popcorn — 2 Kid Favorites, 1 Awesome Snack!


When I was a kid, my dad used to make popcorn on the stove – the old-fashioned way with just some kernels, some oil and a pot. I never realized just how easy this was until I made it for the kids and their friends one day.

I used to buy microwave popcorn or Smartfood, but I’ve found that most kids love the pot popcorn (ok, that didn’t sound so good). Really though, with a little melted butter and salt, it’s pretty tasty.



 AND the popcorn itself is made up of just that — kernels of popping corn — as opposed to the 10 or so ingredients found in the store-bought boxed varieties (and is a fraction of the cost.)


Microwave Popcorn

Just Popping Corn

Of course, you can do all sorts of things with this basic popcorn (sometimes we add cinnamon and sugar), but one of my favorite recipes is a creation by chef Cat Cora. It combines two of my kids’ (probably most kids’) favorite food flavors — pizza and popcorn — and works great for a family movie night or as a surprise gourmet-esque appetizer.




Pizza Popcorn 

Serves 4 (makes about 10 cups)


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 10 cups popped popcorn (from ½ cup unpopped kernels; see “Popcorn Basics”)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan (freshly grated is really good)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1  Tbsp. finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (I like up to 2 Tbsp)
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes (I use a little less, or you can omit)
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder


Total time: 10 minutes

In a large bowl, toss oil and popcorn. Add remaining ingredients and toss again.
(Best served fresh, right after making.)


What’s your favorite popcorn recipe?