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A chip off the snarky block

x2_6c3ad74In these everything-but-the-oink culinary times, fresh chicharrones — i.e., fried pork skins — have become a popular snack at all kinds of restaurants.

I just noticed them on the menu at Abattoir the other night when I was dining with my youngest daughter. She’s the serious meat lover in the family, so I figured she’d go bananas for this crunchy, fatty snack.


She took a couple of bites, chewed thoughtfully, and commented, “I feel like I’m eating dog treats.”

We brought the rest of the chicharrones home and everyone, including the dog, enjoyed them as a late-night snack.

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June 24th, 2011
2:29 pm

I spit up my chips when I read that. My dog loves them too!


June 24th, 2011
3:57 pm

Fried pork skins (pork rinds, where I come from) were a staple snack food for me growing up. I’ve not had the Abattoir version but I went (to use your term) bananas at H&F not too long ago eating theirs. Maybe it’s a taste you have to develop – maybe she just wasn’t into it.

Try pushing a plate of fried pig ears at her and see what she thinks then – they make those for dogs, too and my Grandpa didn’t go a week without eating some – with his homemade hot pepper sauce. :)


June 24th, 2011
6:16 pm

Pork rinds are OK, but even better are the cracklins that have some meat (OK it is really fat) attached.


June 24th, 2011
7:39 pm

I look askance at anything coming from a restaurant named ‘SlaughterHouse’, even if it is in French.


June 25th, 2011
9:12 am

Holy Taco used to have them on the menu and they are yummy. I believe One Eared Stag now has them so I’m headed over there to check it out.

I don’t mind a hot pork rind! Nothing like food you can share with your dog.

Great sandwich!

June 27th, 2011
9:26 am

Go to the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market. They have a case in the back by the meat with all kinds of chicarrones (even fresh ones, whatever that is…people line up for them. I can’t quite go there, though!). I love the ones with big hunks of meat/fat attached. Delicious!


June 27th, 2011
9:53 am

Does anybody else remember seeing these as microwavable snacks? Of course we had to buy them and share at the office. I don’t think that you can have enough pork fat to compensate for the flat cardboard flavor but I guess if you have to have hot pork rinds,

Carla Roqs

June 27th, 2011
11:28 am

i remember when they tried to do them as microwavable- i do not remember trying them–was it roddenbocker (sp?)


June 27th, 2011
2:39 pm

Lawry’s did a microwaveable version for a while. They were not the best pork rinds around, but there was something comforting about the scent of hot pork rinds permeating the kitchen…


June 27th, 2011
3:41 pm

Kaleidoscope on Dresden does some good ones.