Bacon Popcorn: Gluten-Free Movie Night Snack
Movies and popcorn are a classic combination. Luckily for gluten-free eaters, popcorn is usually gluten free, especially if you make it yourself.
Popcorn and bacon is not a classic combination, but it’s delicious snacking food none the less. Bacon ads flavor and protein to traditional popcorn, and it’s perfect for munching on while watching a movie.
This Saturday, Lifetime is featuring the movie, Pregnancy Project, which is based on a true story. Bacon popcorn is one of those things I could see myself craving while pregnant.
Have you ever had strange pregnancy cravings? I have. With my second child, I craved fried bologna and salsa, something I never ate before or after that pregnancy. But popcorn and bacon? That’s not weird. The addition of bacon is sure to please everyone, and this snack would also be great Super Bowl food.
If you don’t want to pop your own corn, you could add bacon to pre-popped or microwave popcorn. Just be sure to read the label if you have to eat gluten free. You will miss out on some of the bacon flavor by not cooking the popcorn in the bacon grease, but it will still be good.
Speaking of bacon grease, some of you will be aghast at the idea of cooking anything in bacon grease, but many people believe that our bodies need traditional fats such as butter, lard, and bacon grease rather than the highly refined oils that have been promoted for years.
If you can handle the bacon but not the fat, cook your popcorn in whatever oil you are comfortable using.
BACON POPCORN RECIPE
- 1 pound bacon
- 1 cup popcorn kernels
- 3 Tablespoons bacon grease
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Line a cookie sheet with foil.
- Place strips of bacon on the cookie sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp. Time will vary according to the thickness of the bacon.
- Remove the bacon, letting the fat drip off, and place it on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Reserve the bacon grease by pouring it into a small dish.
- Heat 3 tablespoons of the bacon grease in a large pot on the stove on medium high heat.
- Place two popcorn kernels in the grease.
- When they pop, add the remaining popcorn kernels.
- Cover the pot with a piece of foil and cut several slits in the foil with a knife to allow steam to escape.
- Shake the pot as the kernels pop to prevent burning.
- When most of the kernels are popped, remove from heat and remove the foil.
- Cut or crumble the bacon into pieces.
- Combine the popcorn, bacon, and salt to taste in a large bowl and serve.