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Chicken Fat Substitution

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I have a recipe but there is a problem with it. All that chicken fat sounds loathsome, what can I subsitute for it?

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
•1 cup chicken fat
•1 onion, sliced
•4 russet potatoes, peeled, grated, and liquid squeezed out
•1 bunch dill, chopped
•Salt
•1 pound sliced smoked salmon
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Brush an 8 by12 lasagna dish with 2 tablespoons of chicken fat. In a medium skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of chicken fat and onions, and saute for 2 minutes, or until translucent. Let onions cool.

In a large bowl, mix potatoes, cooked onions, and dill together with remaining chicken fat and season with salt. Place mixture in lasagna dish and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender in the center and crisp on top.

Remove from pan and layer top with smoked salmon. Cut into 10 equal size portions and serve.

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  1. sounds like a Jewish grandmother's recipe. schmaltz, schmaltz, and more schmaltz ;)

    keep some of it for flavor, but you can get away with using a little less to grease the pan, and cut back on the amount in the potatoes by subbing in some chicken broth for moisture. just go VERY easy on the added salt, particularly if you're not using a low-sodium broth.

    2 Replies
    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Well it is a Passover recipe.

      1. re: judoka

        yep, i grew up in a Jewish home, and anything with that much chicken fat says "Jewish holiday" to me :)

        i really think it'll be wonderful with a little less schmaltz. in fact, it might be even *better* because IMO, there IS such a thing as too greasy.