Lamb Cracklin’ (Called Kizikeh in Assyrian)

Cracklin’ has become popular in the U.S., over the last few years. But guess what? Other cultures had been frying animal fat, and enjoying the sinfully delicious snack for centuries! Assyrians call this delicious snack, Kizikeh.

As a little girl, I watched my mother as she did her magic in the kitchen. Occasionally, mom rewarded me with a wonderful treat called “kizikeh.” Back then, mom did not waste a thing. The extra fat was trimmed from lamb or beef, and was put to good use. Mom would fry and season the little morsels for us to snack on while she prepared dinner. Perhaps I can trace my high cholesterol back to those days?

These days, I don’t have the luxury of eating fried fat. My cholesterol numbers would be through the roof! Did I mention how glad I am am that my doctor does not follow my blog? I actually made this batch to give to my dogs, Rex and Mr. Whiskers. I normally just give them the raw fat, but today I decided to make them some kizikeh instead. I did taste a few for old times sake, and oh yes, they were as delicious as I remembered!

This is probably the easiest recipe I will ever share. As long as you know how to work a stove, you’re good to go!

 



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Lamb Cracklin' (Called Kizikeh in Assyrian)
cracklin'-kizikeh
Course Snacks
Servings
person
Ingredients
Course Snacks
Servings
person
Ingredients
cracklin'-kizikeh
Instructions
  1. Cut trimmed pieces of fat, preferably with some meat still attached, into bite-sized pieces.
    lamb fat
  2. Fry these pieces in a pan, until very crispy, and brown.
    fried fat
  3. Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and enjoy!
    kizikeh
  4. Don't forget to share with your furry friends!
    puppies
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