Yesterday while at a meeting with the gentlemen from Plumb’s Market (my sponsor), we started talking about some of the latest news on foods being removed from a school. The food that I”m talking about is Flamin’ Cheetos. Finally someone looked at the back of the package and noticed there were about 24 grams of fat in one small bag! Hello….
The news reporter claimed it was not just the fat content that had the school pulling the product off the shelves but also the sodium. There were also claims the Flamin’ Cheetos were addicting. Another funny piece to the news report was that the school was not removing the “regular Cheetos” from the school lunch program! Not sure I understand that rational at all.
When I got back to the Test Kitchen, I started thinking about something I could come up with that would not be too loaded with fat, be a snack and you could consume/bring it to the big parties this weekend for the Michigan/Michigan State rivalry game. I knew that I had some turkey bacon in the frig (let’s fact it men like bacon) and I had a bit of popcorn kernels left in the pantry. Hummmm, the creative thoughts were developing.
Last December I purchased a popcorn popper that I used to make lots of the treats for the holidays. I believe it’s by Orville and is electric. The base is t-fal coating, with a stirring mechanism in the bottom. It took a couple of tries but eventually I made it work and even though I am not a bacon fan this was pretty darn good….addicting? Probably not but who knows 🙂 Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!! For comments/questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cut up at least 3 pieces of turkey bacon in small pieces (chopped almost). Plug in your popcorn popper. Remove the top piece and once the bottom feels warm to the touch add the bacon pieces. As the popper heats up, your bacon should start cooking. About half way through, add about 1 -2 tsp. of olive oil and the amount of corn the popper calls for (1/4 cup – 1/3 cup), quickly place cover over the top. Gently shake the popper to make sure everything is even on the bottom. You may have to shake it a couple of times during the popping cycle.
When the corn appears to be done popping, quickly up plug the popper and invert the popped corn into the top of the popper. Shake the corn/bacon mixture. I added Cajun seasoning to the mixture and it was awesome!!!!! Just keep shaking so you get the seasoning mixed in well. Delish! Even for someone who does not like bacon.
NOTE: You can top off any of the soups/bisque that I have given you recipes for lately with the bacon popcorn!