Bacon draws snackers like a puddle of honey attracts ants. Added to a bowl of popcorn, it makes for an irresistible bar snack or mid-afternoon munch. Chef Kapitan complements the bacon with maple syrup and black pepper, tosses it with popcorn, then bakes the mixture to a crunchy turn.
1 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. thick-cut bacon
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
6 cups popped popcorn
- Preheat oven to 350’F. Heat olive oil in skillet over med. heat. Add bacon strips and cook until crisp.
- Remove bacon to paper towels to drain. Reserve 2 tbsp. drippings.
- Crumble bacon. In large bowl, toss bacon, drippings, maple syrup, pepper and salt with popcorn. Spread popcorn mixture in single layer on parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Bake 10 min., rotating sheets halfway through and stirring occasionally. Serve hot.