Friday, May 18, 2012

Thai Peppercorn Bacon Maple Popcorn!

I bet you thought I forgot about my blog, but that is certainly not the case! I was out bringing home the bacon and now I'm back and speaking of bacon, how about a quick tasty treat with a salt and pepper kick and a bit of sweetness.
Thai Peppercorn Bacon Maple Popcorn
Our friends Natalie & Rebecca recently returned from Thailand with some fun spices for MiddleBar. The most interesting of which were Thai peppercorns. Now, peppercorns seem like a pretty normal spice, almost every American dish calls for salt and pepper, but.....

Thai peppercorns or "Prik Thai Sot" are slightly different from their American counterparts. Prik sot grows in all different regions of Thailand and each area has it's own distinct variety much like grapes. White and black peppercorns are purchased fresh at open air markets and ground in a mortar and pestle upon use. The black peppercorn adds a tingling to the tongue as opposed to a burn your face off spice. And the white variety which is the inner seed of the black peppercorn has a milder yet noticeable kick. 

Thai cuisine is all about blending sweetness with spice and this recipe for bacon maple Thai peppercorn popcorn does just that. If you don't have the Thai variety, fresh ground pepper will suffice but mix it up and take a trip to an Asian market, and maybe you'll find some Thai peppercorns!  

Bacon Thai Peppercorn Popcorn
1 bag of plain popcorn
8-10 strips of bacon
1/4 cup good maple syrup
1 tsp ground Thai black & white peppercorns
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 and begin to fry bacon. When crispy remove the bacon and pat dry. Mix the popcorn with maple syrup, pepper, salt, 2 tbs of rendered bacon fat and crumbled bacon. (The best way to do this is add a bit of pepper and the salt then the bacon fat followed by the syrup then the remainder of the pepper so that everything gets coated thoroughly) Toss in the oven for about 10 minutes and serve!

Welcome Back Ya'll!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Cor!

    LOVE IT!! Wish we were there to enjoy the crunchy, spicy deliciousness!!

    (thank you)

    Miss you guys!
    Love, Bek and Nat