4. Bacon Popcorn
Marge Perry's A Sweet and Savory Life
Bacon Popcorn Recipe
10 strips smoked bacon
1 cup popcorn kernels
3/4 teaspoon salt
- Place about half the bacon in a single layer in the bottom of a large (8 quart) pot. Cook over medium heat turning once until just crispy; this should take 7 – 10 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towel and add the remaining strips to the pan; again cook until crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the plate. There should be about 1/3 cup bacon drippings remaining in the pot.
- Add the kernels and salt to the pot; cover and cook, shaking the pan once the popping begins, until the noise slows down, about 4 minutes. (Do not wait until the noise stops entirely or you will bun the bottom layer of the popcorn). Immediately transfer to a large bowl. Crumble the cooked bacon and toss with the popcorn; add salt to taste.
Makes about 28 cups (which sounds like a lot but goes very fast)
Nutritional analysis per 4 cups: 247 calories, 7 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 16 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 528 mg sodium
Worth noting: popcorn is a whole grain. Also worth noting: this in no way implies or suggests that bacon popcorn is a health food. But it could be worse.