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Bacon Fat Popcorn

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July 10, 2019
Photo by Amy Neunsinger
Author Notes

This simple stovetop popcorn from actor and chef David Burtka cooks in rendered bacon fat and gets a good heap of crumbled bacon bits on top.

Recipe originally published in Life Is a Party: Deliciously Doable Recipes to Make Every Day a Celebration by David Burtka. —Food52

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Bacon Fat Popcorn
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Makes 12 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 2/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • Kosher salt
  • Bacon bits (optional)
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Directions
  1. In a large heavy-bottomed stockpot or Dutch oven, melt the bacon fat over medium-high heat. When the fat starts to shimmer, add the popcorn kernels and stir to coat in the bacon fat. Cook, stirring continuously, for 1 minute, then cover the pot with a lid; you should hear the kernels start popping after 30 seconds to 1 minute. Cook, shaking the pot often to prevent the kernels from burning, until the sound of the popping kernels slows down significantly, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off the heat but keep the lid on until the popping stops completely.
  2. Remove the lid, season liberally with salt, then cover the pot again and give it a few good shakes, preferably turning it completely over with the lid on to evenly distribute the salt. Serve in a large bowl. Sprinkle with bacon bits, if desired.

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