Like I don’t have enough on my plate, I got another itch to scratch after a brief discussion with TaMara on her pig knuckles recipe.
I was going to use “poor people’s recipes” but, well, a lot of what was for poor people is now for the snooty (see recent fish cake discussion). While it’s still hilarious to chase that sort of thing, there are foods which were developed by the poor (who could NOT afford to throw away food) which are still… unless you were raised to eat them, learned to eat them, or have a strong stomach, these modern times the food is TRASH – OMG WHY YOU EATING THAT?!?!?
Like pig’s knuckles.
So I think I’ll be tossing the occasional ‘ugly bits’ recipe. Maybe pork jowls or head cheese. Beef tongue (though that sometimes slips into ‘poor made wealthy’) gets there as to hearts, kidneys, and livers of just about everything. Chicken’s feet, anyone? (Yum, actually – if done right.)
Let me point out you are probably NOT going to get these from most neighborhood groceries. You’ll need a butcher, and some ethnic groceries will carry many as well. I’m not going to tell you where to get any of these ingredients but will assume you know how and where to get them.
Just consider this your fair warning.