Popcorn is a fun snack by itself, but it’s a bit plain. That’s why we see cheese, caramel, and kettle corn. Try this variation and the bacon lovers around you will be excited.
I took this to my monthly card game the other night. I was assigned to bring a salty snack, and I wanted to do something different. The girls enjoyed it, and one friend said, “Linda always brings good snacks. Bacon popcorn. Who would have thunk it.” But of course I’m not the first to think of this idea. I know I’ve read about people using bacon grease to pop popcorn, and I’m sure someone has added the bacon to it also.
It’s not hard to convince you this tastes good, right? The problem is convincing you to cook the popcorn in the bacon grease. I mean, bacon grease is supposed to be terrible for you. It’s loaded with saturated fat, isn’t it?
Well, the use of bacon grease is debatable. Some say it’s very unhealthy and some say it’s healthier than using refined oils. It’s true that bacon grease contains about 40% saturated fat. But did you know that it contains even more, 45%, monounsaturated fat? That’s the good fat that’s found in olive oil.
I’ve been convinced for some time that refined oils are not healthy, but old habits are hard to break. I still use them some, but more and more I choose coconut oil, palm oil, and extra virgin olive oil.
Coming back to bacon grease, if you are totally opposed to using it, then don’t make this. I think it’s fine to use in moderation, and this snack, like a dessert, can be a special treat.
- 1 pound bacon
- 1 cup popcorn kernels
- 3 Tablespoons bacon grease
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Line a cookie sheet with foil.
- Place strips of bacon on the cookie sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until crisp. Time may vary according to the thickness of the bacon.
- Remove the bacon, letting the fat drip off, and place it on a paper towel lined plate.
- Reserve the bacon grease by pouring it into a small dish.
- Heat 3 tablespoons of the bacon grease in a large pot on the stove on medium high heat.
- Place two popcorn kernels in the grease.
- When they pop, add the remaining popcorn kernels.
- Cover the pot with a piece of foil and cut several slits in the foil with a knife to allow steam to escape.
- Shake the pot as the kernels pop to prevent burning.
- When most of the kernels are popped, remove from the heat and remove the foil.
- Cut or crumble the bacon into pieces.
- Combine the popcorn, bacon, and salt to taste in a large bowl and serve.
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Submitted to Tasty Tuesday.