It’s been a while since I’ve written a regular Victory Garden post. I think I was too busy with my garden to write about my garden! Practicing what I preach many times, I’m going to “break my work down into baby steps” by sharing ONE THING today. What’s my one thing? How to make an extremely low-cost, delicious-like-crazy snack for movie nights, times when you need comfort food or for a group of friends who could use a great side for their beer or soda pop. This is a “picture-story” post with a few comments here and there, so most all the instructions are in the photo captions…
This is a family recipe. My parents used to make popcorn with bacon grease when we were growing up, and pepper sauce was a common popcorn condiment around the house. I remember being very young, being put to bed, then feeling disgruntled because I could hear (and smell!) my parents making popcorn after our “lights out” time. I also, however, felt pretty grown-up when I was deemed old enough to stay up and partake.
Total cost on this snack should run you about .25 to .50 for the full recipe if you grow your own peppers, save your own bacon grease and buy bulk popcorn. A two-pound bag only costs $1.48. The calorie count is a little different. The yield on this recipe is about three large cereal bowls full, and they will be about 120 calories each. The total fat for the recipe: 115 calories; the total calories of the unpopped corn: 250. Prep time is about 3 minutes, and cook time is about 2-3 minutes.
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5 thoughts on “My Little Victory Garden: Bacon Fat Pepper Sauce Popcorn? Yeah!”
Kelly, your mom taught me to eat popcorn with apple cider vinegar sprinkled on it when we were very young. Still eat it that way when nobody’s looking!
Mary Lou – if I’m ever around, you can make it WHILE I’m watching! 😉 – Kelly
Forbidden fruit, indeed! Dad – you’re welcome. After all, it came from you!
My mother’s sorhteun ancestors moved to Texas before and after the Civil War from Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana [My late father was a Yankee]. My Texas family’s take on this classic menu has been batter-fried chicken, cream pan gravy, buttered & whipped mashed potatoes, corn, hot biscuits and a tall glass of iced tea with plenty of fresh lemon juice and sugar. One grandmother would also throw in a tomato, avocado, green onion, lettuce, fresh dill, lemon juice, black pepper and mayonaise salad. Can you feel the arteries being clogged?
Ahhh. Popcorn with bacon grease – the forbidden fruit! Maybe that’s why it tastes so good. And the secret ingredient of pepper sauce takes it over the top. Thanks for the article.
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