Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bacon Caramel Popcorn


 

I still have bacon left over in the freezer from the Butchery and Charcuterie class that I took last November/December. 

My lovely aunt (the same one who organizes our yearly cookie exchange) sent me this recipe a couple of weeks ago as she knows I have a particular affinity for anything with bacon in it....

I love caramel popcorn.  (and I'm sure I am not the only person that finds it addictive.)

So - because of all of these things, I felt like the stars were aligning for me to make this recipe. 

Bacon Caramel Popcorn 
Adapted from Edible Canada.
(Approx. 10 servings)

Ingredients:

3/4 pound of bacon
1/3 cup of popcorn kernels
1 cup salted butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
Pinch of sea salt
1 tsp baking soda

Directions

(1) Finely chop the bacon and fry until crispy; Once cooked, removed bacon pieces from pan with a slotted spoon (I put mine onto a plate lined with paper towel to suck up any excess grease)
-I fry the bacon in a deep pot; which can then be used to pop the popcorn - thereby reducing the amount of dishes that need to be washed...
Mmmmmm...Crispy bacon....

(2) Reserve about 4 tablespoons of the bacon fat (supplement with butter if required); Heat the bacon fat in a large pot with a cover. 
(3) Add a few popcorn kernels to the pot and cover - Listen for the kernels to pop; Once they have popped, add the rest of the popcorn kernels;  Cover and shake occasionally until the popping stops.
(4) Put the popped corn in a deep mixing bowl...
***make sure to remove the un-popped corn kernels (this is very important - otherwise you will have a big sticky mess in the oven if that's where the un-popped (caramel covered) kernels decide to pop)***

(5) Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
(6) In a large pot, heat the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt over medium-high heat (stirring occasionally) until it reaches 275 degrees on your candy thermometer.
-be very careful when handling this mixture - hot caramel will burns your skin quickly....

(7) When your candy thermometer says 275 degrees, remove caramel from heat and stir in baking soda and bacon bits...
-the baking soda will cause the caramel to double in size

 

(8) Pour the caramel over the popcorn and mix until covered.


(9) Put the caramel covered popcorn in a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
·         Step 7, 8 & 9 - try to do this quickly (and carefully) - as the caramel cools, it will harden
(10) Place in oven for an hour; Using a silicon spatula, turn caramel covered popped corn every 20 minutes to redistribute the caramel and bacon bits.  

Mmmmm...Bacon Caramel Popcorn in the oven!

(11) Remove from oven, let cool a bit before tasting (hot sugar in mouth can only lead to disaster); Add more salt if necessary.


(12) Once it's completely cooled, break into bite size pieces.

Optional - once it's cool enough to handle, but not completely hard yet, you can roll chucks into balls for presentation purposes...

***If you don't want to put in bacon (it’s beyond my why you wouldn’t want to put the bacon in), you can supplement with some roasted peanuts (like the cracker jack popcorn) in step 7***
Happy Cooking!

14 comments:

  1. This just sounds beyond delicious.

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    1. Cake...it's delicious....it's really really delicious.

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  2. That is great stuff, I will try it out, love sweet bacon, but with pop corn, that is new, thanks a lot!

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  3. This popcorn looks delicious! I'm digging all those big hunks of bacon :)

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  4. Awesomeeeee stuff... thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'd love to know how it turns out when you get around to trying it :) Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. I'll certainly let you know--I'd love to post about it on my blog (giving you credit, of course) if that's alright with you

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    3. Hi Amy...Of course that's alright :) I can't wait to read about your adventures with bacon caramel popcorn! Thanks!

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  6. Popcorn, sweet, caramel and BACON! YUM!

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    1. This is what I thought too! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. I wouldn't dream of leaving the bacon out! Swoon.

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