Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, y'all! I hope y’all have enjoyed another trip around the sun as much as we have here in Alabama. Christmas 2015 was such a blessed time in our family. We started out with our annual chili cook off in early December, which Mama won with her bodacious turkey chili that no one else could shake a stick at! And, this year we were not all going in different directions so on Christmas Eve we gathered for our first annual Griswold family Christmas Eve supper. Everyone pitched in and we served crockpot fajitas with To Your Health Sprouted Black Beans. We all had a ball, as we Griswolds always do!
Though I’m saddened by the end of another Christmas season, my heart is light in knowing that the first Griswold party of the new year is just around the corner – the Griswold Beast Feast! A few of us young 'uns are pictured above with Chef Banjo and his champion grilling tongs. This annual tradition is a day-long event at the farm beginning with an early morning squirrel hunt led by our well-trained squirrel dog Annie. The hunt is followed by a light lunch and skeet shooting; then it’s time to prep the beasts for our evening feast at the cabin in the woods, better known as Hootie Hill. Our beasts are anything and everything that has been hunted over the past year. Dishes range from duck sprouted pizza, duck sprouted tacos,venison rollups, venison sausage, fried turkey bites, squirrel chowder, pheasant with tomato gravy over sprouted cheese grits, and wild goose sausage, to name a few dishes. We even cooked a raccoon one year and it was most assuredly our one and only year for that beast!
After everyone has had their fill from the beast feast, we all go out behind the cabin to light the bonfire of all bonfires. Cousin Howie builds the stack little by little throughout the year for the joyous occasion. As with most every Griswold event, there is a competition and this year will mark the second annual Pop Off, which determines who can make the best sprouted bonfire popcorn! Last year I tried to get creative with my foil popcorn popping pouch, aka satchel, by making an origami duck and though it was stunning to behold, it was not conducive to popping corn. This year I’m following the instructions for a standard satchel (see below) and use my secret oil (bacon grease) for the win!
Sprouting popcorn, as with all of our grains, turns it into a healthy living organism and increases key nutrients including Vitamin B, Vitamin C, folate, fiber, and essential amino acids bringing to life a deeper flavor and a more pleasing texture.
A customer reviewed that she ground our sprouted popcorn into a course cornmeal for baking with our sprouted yellow corn flour. She was surprised with the unexpected and wonderful aroma brought from baking with it.
If you would like, you may also see our other popping methods on our Videos Page with Chef Banjo.
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Campfire Sprouted Popcorn Satchels
- 2-3 Tbsp. TYH Sprouted Popcorn
- 2 Tbsp. oil (coconut, olive, or bacon grease)
- ½ tsp. sea salt
Place the sprouted popcorn and oil on an 18-inch square of heavy duty aluminum foil. Seal the edges to form a loose pouch, leaving room for the kernels to pop. Tie a corner of the pouch to a stick with a piece of string. Shake over fire until popped.
Want to shake things up a bit? Grab a freezer bag and a few additional ingredients for some popped sprouted popcorn fun!
S’more Popped Sprouted Popcorn
- 2 TBSP Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 cup Organic Powdered Sugar (recipe below)
- 6 Graham Crackers
- 1 cup Mini Marshmallows
- Popped Sprouted Popcorn
Place graham crackers in a gallon-sized freezer bag and crush with frying pan or rolling pin. Add remaining ingredients and shake! This is super fun for kids to make.
Organic Powdered Sugar
Pour 1 cup of organic granulated sugar and ¼ cup organic arrowroot powder into a blender or food processor and blend until very fine and fluffy.
Hot and Spicy Popped Sprouted Popcorn
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1/2 tsp Coriander
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne (optional)
- 1 tsp Paprika
- Popped Sprouted Popcorn
Place all ingredients in freezer bag and shake!