Tiny, spicy bits of pepperoni add a second dimension to this creative popcorn recipe—not to mention the fun touches of red strewn throughout. You might be saying, why didn’t I think of this?

We could all agree that pepperoni is a delicious topping, but not necessarily the healthiest one. The good news is that the brand I chose is from Applegate’s Naturals. They offer uncured turkey pepperoni, sliced ultra thin, with 70% less fat than conventional pork pepperoni. Best of all, it has the same great taste and buttery feel.

If serving this at a party, remember to also put out plain popcorn for the vegetarians. And see more party recipes in our 4th of July red, white, and blue strategy.

MAKES 3 CUPS

GET A NICE BIG POT WITH LID

3 TB peanut oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/8 CUP white popcorn
8 slices Applegate turkey pepperoni, minced

Heat a large pot, add the oil, heat. Sprinkle in salt, and red pepper flakes. Add popcorn, cover pot. Turn up the flame to high. After about 30 seconds you should hear the first kernel pop. Shake pot over the flame until popping stops. Transfer to large bowl. Add pepperoni, toss. Place small cups alongside popcorn bowl so guests can scoop a batch instead of using their hands.

See more red & white recipes for a patriotic buffet in 04 July 4th Bash