Duck Fat Popcorn 2 Ways

May 10, 2019
by Nicole Gulotta for Thrive Market

Duck fat makes everything taste better, so what better way to jazz up popcorn night than with this rich, flavorful ingredient? Cacio e Pepe brings favorite Italian flavors like Pecorino cheese and black pepper to snack time, while the sweet and salty option coats every kernel in a coconut-milk based caramel sauce.

Cacio e Pepe Popcorn

Yield: 6 servings
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
½ cup sprouted popcorn kernels
3 tablespoons EPIC Cage-Free Duck Fat
1 cup Pecorino Romano, finely grated
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon flaky sea salt

Instructions:
Add duck fat to a high-sided Dutch oven with a lid. Melt over medium heat, then add 3 popcorn kernels. When kernels pop, add remaining kernels, top with the lid, and shake pan. Cook until popcorn stops popping, about 4 to 5 minutes. Shake pan several times during cooking. Remove lid and pour popcorn into a large bowl. While still warm, sprinkle with cheese, pepper, and salt. Toss until coated and cheese has melted.


Sweet & Salty Popcorn

Yield: 6 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
½ cup sprouted popcorn kernels
3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons EPIC Cage-Free Duck Fat, divided
½ cup coconut sugar
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

Make the popcorn
Preheat oven to 300°F degrees. Add 3 tablespoons duck fat to a high-sided Dutch oven with a lid. Melt over medium heat, then add 3 popcorn kernels. When kernels pop, add remaining kernels, top with the lid, and shake pan. Cook until popcorn stops popping, about 4 to 5 minutes. Shake pan several times during cooking.

Make the caramel sauce
Whisk coconut sugar, honey, and water In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes, swirling the pan several times during cooking. Reduce to simmer, then whisk in coconut milk and remaining 2 teaspoons of duck fat. Once fully incorporated, whisk in duck fat and salt.

Bake the popcorn
Arrange popcorn on a sheet tray and drizzle with caramel sauce; toss to coat. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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