Gentle Readers, some recipes are simply meant to be. After attending a business function, The Practical Cook had a conversation with a fellow attendee who referenced the elusive Bacon Bacon food truck in San Francisco. (TPC was unable to score a meal there during a previous visit due to work obligations, clearly a case of mistaken priorities.) One dish he mentioned in particular was bacon popcorn.
His description sounded like traditional kettle corn with bacon, which would be awesome. This version is simpler, faster, and easy to make at home. Best eaten while hot.
Bacon Popcorn, Two Ways (Recipe)
3 Tablespoons bacon fat, rendered from high-quality bacon
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
1. Heat bacon fat in a 3 quart or larger pan over medium-high heat. (Hello new All-Clad purchased with redeemed credit card points, I think I love you.) Add 3 or 4 kernels to the oil as it heats.
2. When the test kernels pop, add the rest in a single layer, and immediately pull the pan off the heat. Cover, and count 30 Mississippis. (Or time 30 seconds if you must be precise and conventional.) Put the pan back on the stove.
3. Shaking the pan continuously, cook until the popcorn kernels have all popped, which will be just a few minutes. Better to remove than to burn.
4. Immediately dump the hot popcorn into one or two bowls, depending on if you’re making both flavors.
5a: If you haven’t melted the butter, do so with the residual heat from the popcorn pan. It takes a tablespoon or so. Add the same amount or a little more brown sugar. Mix. Toss with hot popcorn, salting to taste. Eat.
5b: Drizzle a little maple syrup over hot popcorn, and sprinkle with a bit of salt. Eat.
Special thanks to my crew of intrepid tasters at my favorite coffee shop. Some liked both, but there was a slight preference for the brown sugar version. Hot, they were pretty equal. A little cooler, the brown sugar was more complex, richer because of the butter. I had to bag it promptly and get it out of the house, or I would have consumed the entire experiment. Seriously, it’s that good.
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