I made a decision a while ago to live without a microwave. It was a decision to free up counter space, but more importantly I thought it would force me to plan out more of my meals. Well, the counter space has been taken over by more clutter and I choose to eat cold leftovers, so obviously my decision still needs a little finessing. So when I was asked to create and pair up a popcorn recipe with Samuel Adams beer, I knew I had to rely on my non-microwaveable skills!
I tend to think everything goes better with bacon, so I know that would be part of the equation and so I began from there with my beer search. Although the Boston Lager is the Samuel Adams beer with the most notoriety, I chose their seasonal Winter Lager in honour of Mother Nature insistence that Winter be a six month process. All joking aside (well, I’m serious about the Winter thing), I opted for the Winter Lager because I thought it would hold up better to the heat when I went to reduce it.
With research being a very important part of the process, I decided that I had made the right call on the Winter Lager. Of course, research being coming home, popping the beer in the fridge and taking a sip or two an hour or so later. It’s certainly a hoppy beer and although my palette isn’t the that refined, I certainly could sense a little cinnamon which if it’s not going to be in my hot chocolate, it better be in my beer!
After the bacon and beer selection, everything followed suit pretty smoothly. I popped some popcorn which is beyond easy and fun. The pretzels and peanuts seemed like a no-brainer and I was set to create my coating. I figured you couldn’t go wrong with beer, butter and brown sugar and guess what…I was right!
The recipe is below and what turned out was a warm, extra crunchy mixture with a little “je ne sais quoi” beer taste that would be perfect for an afternoon of football, late night Netflix or to sneak in to the movie theater. The bonus, all it takes is one cup of beer which means there’s about five and a half bottles to consume just as Samuel Adams intended!
- 12 cups of popped popcorn
- 2 cups of salted peanuts
- 2 cups of crushed mini-pretzels
- 6 slices of cooked bacon (chopped)
- 1 cup of Samuel Adams Winter Ale Brew
- ¾ cup of brown sugar
- ¼ cup of butter
- Pre-heat oven to 300°F.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Combine popcorn, peanuts, pretzels and bacon in a large bowl, preferably one with a lid.
- In a medium sauce pan, heat beer over low to medium heat. Stir often until reduced by about half.
- Add butter and brown sugar and stir until mixture becomes thick and syrup-like.
- Pour over popcorn mixture and shake (if you have a lid) or mix well until it's evenly coated.
- Lay mixture evenly on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes at 300°F. At halfway mark, give the mixture a good toss with a wooden spoon to allow for an even bake.
- Remove, let cool for a few minutes and enjoy with a beer, cheers!
Pick-up Samuel Adams at the LCBO or The Beer Store in Ontario, BCLDB in British Columbia or Liquor Depot in Alberta. Samuel Adams cans are now available in Ontario only.
This post is sponsored by Branding & Buzzing. The purchasing, cooking and consuming of beer was done responsibly.