Bacon & cheese combine perfectly to take plain popcorn to a whole new level. (Just cheese for the non-bacon folks!) If you omit the bacon, a little smoked salt lends some smokiness (a little goes a long way, so use restraint). To make it sweet & savory, mix with caramel corn, some mini-cookies, or dried fruit!
3 Tablespoons bacon drippings or vegetable oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
3 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1 ounce Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped, crisply cooked bacon
2 teaspoons kosher salt (replace 1/2 teaspoon with smoked salt if omitting bacon)
Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
Combine the cheeses, bacon & salt in a small bowl, stirring well.
Pop the popcorn in the bacon drippings or oil.
Pour the popcorn out onto 2 half-sheet pans. Sprinkle half the cheese mixture over each and toss lightly.
Place the pans in the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
Remove from the oven, toss with a spatula and pour into a large bow to serve.