Sinfully Tasty Lamb Cracklins (Kizikeh)
Cracklins have become popular in the U.S. over the last few years. But guess what? Other cultures have been frying animal fat, and enjoying it as a sinfully delicious snack for centuries! Assyrians call this delicious snack, “Kizikeh.” Now to me, that sounds like a Russian word, and it very well might be. You see, my maternal grandmother was from Russia. To see an old picture of her, check out this post. I think some of her recipes have Russian influence for sure. But whatever the origin of this cracklins/kazikeh recipe, all you really need to know is it’s ridiculously delicious!
Memories of Mom’s Cracklins
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” or “cracklins.” Back then, mom did not waste a thing. She would trim the extra fat from lamb or beef that she was preparing for dinner and put it to good use. Mom would fry and season the little morsels for us to snack on as she prepared dinner. Perhaps I can trace my high cholesterol back to those days? 😉
Back to Reality
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 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 cracklins 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! If you’re following a high fat, low carb diet, then enjoy your cracklins. The rest of you, myself included, let’s eat this in moderation!
What's more sinfully delicious than fried fat? Absolutely nothing!
- 1/4 lb. fat pieces trimmed from leg of lamb
- salt to taste
Cut trimmed pieces of fat, preferably with some meat still attached, into bite-sized pieces.
Fry the pieces of fat in a pan, until very crispy.
Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and enjoy!
Don't forget to share with your furry friends!