Bringing home the bacon

As we say goodbye to those long summer nights it’s time to cosy up with something simply wonderful this Autumn, and whilst you can’t buy happiness you can certainly buy Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup Popcorn, which is pretty close in our opinion!

We all love a chance to indulge in our favourite snacks and what better excuse is there to scoff up some Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup Popcorn than National Bacon Day! National Bacon Day celebrates this yummy meat in a variety of unusual ways with Bacon jokes, Bacon art and event Bacon outfits! The first ever wild pigs were said to be domesticated over 10,000 years ago in central Asia, where the process of preserving pork became popular due to it being easy to cook, delicious and inexpensive. In the modern world, bacon can be found in all kinds of tasty treats such as bacon chocolate, bacon mayonnaise and most importantly bacon popcorn!

To celebrate National bacon day, here are a few of our favourite bacon facts!

1. Bacon grease was used to make explosives in world war II.

2. The name for this delicious treat originated from Germany where it was referred to as ‘Bakko’, the name then developed in the 16th century to Bacoun before eventually receiving the name that gets our mouths watering today- Bacon.

3. The reason your craving bacon? That’ll be because bacon contains six types of umami which produces an addictive nurochemical response.

4. The phrase ‘bringing home the bacon’ is said to have originated from 12th century England where husbands were awarded a side of Bacon if they could swear before god that they had not argued with their wife for a year and were therefore seen as good citizens.

and finally to give you hope through these chilly winter days we leave you with our all time favourite bacon quote from chef Anne Burrell:

“Bacon always makes it better”

Pork Popcorn Meatballs

Pork Popcorn Meatballs? We know popcorn isn’t a typical ingredient when it comes to meatball making but Jessie of Jessie Bakes recently experimented with our Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup popcorn and her meatballs look tiptop tasty!

What you need to make these Pork Popcorn Meatballs:

(Makes 30 small meatballs!)

  • 25g Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup Portlebay Popcorn (one small ba
  • 500g pork mince
  • 1/2 onion thinly diced
  • 1 egg
  • Tbsp Oregano
  • Tbsp Nigella Seeds

 

What To Do:

  1. Add your mince, diced onion, herbs and egg into a mixing bowl and thoroughly combine.
  2. Roll  the mixture into meatballs, up to you how big or small!
  3. Grab a pestle and mortar; grind the popcorn into smaller pieces.
  4. Coat your meatballs in the popcorn, akin to bread crumbs.
  5. Fry or baked until cooked! Tah-Dah your done!

 

For more delicious Jessie-style recipes, checkout @jessie_bakes_on Instagram! You may also like the look of Sesame and Tamari Stir Fry Topped With Wasabi and Ginger Popcorn have a peek at the recipe!