by Nicole Cook
The old adage is “Everything tastes better with bacon” and I couldn’t agree more. I have not quite gotten into bacon in my cakes and cookies yet, like others, but I am willing to get there at some point, we’ll see. But I still have that firm belief that many things in life just go better with bacon. End of story.
About 10 years ago (maybe more… not real sure, I’m getting old lol) I was getting ready to teach a Freezer Cooking class at a local community center. The focus was on breakfast so I was making freezable breakfast sandwiches (my son’s favorite meal in the world) and making sure I had the correct amount of bacon for the sandwiches – yes hours before class – don’t judge, I’m a procrastinator. Plus we were out of them so I needed to make more anyway. I spent the better half of the morning getting some breakfasts cooked up and when I was done I had this huge thing of bacon grease, and an appetite, but it was truly time to go. I was trying to come up with something to make fast that I could take with me and popcorn was the thing I was aiming for. Long story short, I got this brilliant idea to use the bacon grease as the oil for the popcorn. I really was not sure if it would work or if it would even taste good. It does. I love it when inspiration hits in strange ways and I wind up concocting something new to me. We’ve been making this ever since and it’s delicious!
I also recently got a chance to try out Bacon Salt. Bacon Salt is a low sodium, zero calorie, zero fat, vegetarian and kosher seasoning that makes everything taste like bacon. In fact, it gives it a hickory smoked bacony flavor that emphasizes the already bacony flavor of the popcorn. But it’s not needed, it just enhances it. It’s wonderful. You should also check out all their other fun bacon gifts and fun products. No, I am not paid to say that, I just think there is some cute stuff there and if you’re a huge bacon fan… well, all the better!
Okay, onto the yummy recipe.