I recently saw an episode of the Rachael Ray Show where she made several kinds of popcorn. One of them was bacon popcorn. It sounded interesting, so I made it last night for our random bacon meal 🙂 It’s basically kettle corn with bacon sprinkled on top. Popcorn is not GAPS legal, but it is gluten free. I tried a little. I have to be able to give it a review, right? It was good. It’s not something I’ll make all the time, but it’s unique and fun once in a while. It would be fun to serve for guests or for a kid’s party. I still have not come close to mastering the art of making popcorn on the stove. So as usual when making kettle corn some of the sugar got quite dark on the bottom. But it still tasted good. I bet it would be really good with some salty peanuts mixed in.
EVOO for drizzling
8 slices bacon, rendered and chopped, bacon fat reserved (I bake mine in the oven at 375 for about 20 minutes…let the bacon cool and pour the grease into the pan for making the popcorn. Then crumble the bacon for topping)
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. coarse salt
In a large pot with a tight-fitting lid, heat a drizzle of oil and bacon fat over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn. When the oil sizzles, sprinkle sugar over the kernels. Cover and shake the pan until the popping slows down, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and toss with the salt.
Top with crispy bacon bits and serve.
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