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May 4, 2010 10:09 AM

Those Little Burnt Things That Taste So Good

I was eating a grilled cheese sandwich and there were some burnt drippings still attached and they were just so tasty, it made me think of what else tastes really good when slightly burnt. Here are some I've come up with... Parmesan, mozzerella cheese, (many cheeses for that matter), the crisp fat on the edge of a chop, those tiny crispy bits left after eating a bag of french fries,gribenes the little pieces left over after rendering chicken fat. Poultry skin, anything else? The only bad thing is 98% of them are really bad for you...

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  1. The little black flecks and specks on roasted peppers and tomatoes. I like them, anyway. :)

    1. In addition to burnt fat there's burned sugar -- toasted marshmallows, creme brulee, burnt sugar caramels, etc.

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I once tried roasting a peep. The sugar outside got so hot, I burnt my mouth on it. Beware!

          1. re: pdxgastro

            You are familiar with dueling peeps in microwave ovens, I presume?

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I liked burnt marshmallows so much that I roast them twice. Roast til dark (if they catch fire, even better), give them a moment to cool, slip that skin off and pop it in your mouth. Stick the gooey marshmallow innard back over the fire and let it burn too, then eat the whole thing. I've been doing this since I was a kid. Mmm.....

            2. I like my brussel sprouts really pretty dark, and roasted chickepeas you really want crispy skins. I actually made a whole tray of just the chickpea skins for a snack (the rest went into some hummus). I pretty much think most of the roasted vegetable category (carrots, parnips etc taste better really dark).

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              1. re: melpy

                Yes, I'll eat the blackened leaves off sprouts.

              2. The little burnt pieces of roasted cauliflower- yum yum

                1. slightly burnt cheese is my fave.