Its been a while since I made anything with bacon. In a bid to be healthy, I attempted to cut it out of my diet, with huge success. But it wasn't really helping with being healthy, considering the other stuff I was baking.
Now, bacon isn't all that unhealthy. Its just fatty. With good fats. But we always take too much fat, don't even mention bacon or butter yet. So adding bacon pretty much throws your nutrition off balance. But since we're all already indulging in so much sprinkles and frostings and cakes, why not?
Today we have a popcorn recipe~ Maple Bacon Popcorn!
Popcorn is whole grain and perfectly healthy. In fact its not calorie dense at all and is the perfect snack to fill you up. Of course, its a great canvas to paint lots of different flavours on.
Next up, maple syrup: a completely natural sweetener boiled from the sap of the maple tree. Its fragrant and sweet and definitely much better than refined sugar. Just make sure to get the real stuff!
Lastly, the best part of this: the bacon. Now, let's just pretend that our nutrition is all in check and bacon fits right in. Like I said, bacon really is full of healthy fats. And full robust flavour of bacon combines so well with the maple syrup...its indescribable.
The bacon fat...the maple syrup... They are a match made in heaven. There's something about this sweet and salty combination that's more than just sugar and salt. It's maple and bacon. Maple to sugar is like chipotle to chilli powder. And bacon to salt is like Mont d'Or to mozzarella. Perfection? I truly think so.
Maple Bacon Popcorn
makes about 6-7 cups (note: this isn't accurate because I stole too much from the pile)
5 sliced bacon
8-9 cups popped corn (6 tbsp unpopped)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1. Toast bacon for 20 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius, or until crisp. Reserve bacon fat. Crumble bacon into tiny bits.
2. Toss crumbled bacon with the popped corn. Then pour in the maple syrup and the bacon fat and toss to combine. Season with salt to taste.
3. Spread onto a baking sheet, making sure none are overlapping.
4. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and shake around to redistribute them. Return to the oven for another 3 minutes, watching carefully to ensure it does not burn.
5. Cool completely before keeping. Or eat it nice and warm :D