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snacks or other foods you eat, that others find " gross"

Really anything...for example pork skins..pigs feet..pickled eggs.
Just something you like that others have "ewwwed"" lol

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  1. I had never done it before yesterday and I need to tell someone because I hid it from my SO. Chicken skin sprinkled with salt, pepper an a little garlic powder sautéed in butter until crispy. He would have a fit if he knew.

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      1. re: melpy

        We have a restaurant in our town (one of my favorite restaurants, actually) that serves fried chicken skin. I love the idea of chicken skin getting some respect. I remember getting in trouble for eating all the skin off of several leftover pieces of KFC original when I was about 4 years old, and again for eating the skin off of leftover homemade bbq glazed and grilled chicken shortly after the KFC incident. I have a history of chicken skin love. So, I was pretty excited when I heard about the appetizer. I assumed I would love them; I am grateful that I don't. They aren't bad. They just are not worth the caloric indulgence.

        So now I'm thinking I need to try at home sauteed chicken skins. Because really, there's no reason that this would not be good.

        1. re: debbiel

          My local Hometown Buffet, uses breading that renders the carapace of skin on the chicken thighs into a chicken skin chip that can be removed in one piece. Fatty, salty heaven.

          1. re: debbiel

            We have a local place that will have a special of chicken skin tacos....never had them but I'd love to try one.

            1. re: debbiel

              Home-sauteed rendered chicken skins are gribenes in Yiddish; cracklins in "soul food." :)

            2. re: melpy

              I love chicken skin - turkey skin too (the only part of a turkey worth eating, IMO).

              1. re: melpy

                I had never done it before yesterday and I need to tell someone because I hid it from my SO. Chicken skin sprinkled with salt, pepper an a little garlic powder sautéed in butter until crispy. He would have a fit if he knew.


                Have you ever tried "Chicken Skin Candy"?

                See my previous post here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/739272

                1. re: melpy

                  A couple years ago I read about a Top Chef winner that is Jewish (I don't think he keeps Kosher however) and has a restaurant where instead of serving a BLT he substitutes crisp, flat chicken skins for bacon. When you sauté your chicken skins do they come out flat? The way I have cooked them to keep them flat and spread out is to put them on parchment paper on the baking sheet and cook them in the oven. I wish I could buy chicken skins in bulk.

                2. Does squishing up the inside of my bagel (or hot pretzel or any other baked good for that matter) in my hand until it's nice and dense count? (I normally do this in secret - LOL!)

                  The really scary thing is that my kids to it too (discovered it on their own), and I know that I should tell them not to, but I feel like such a hypocrite.

                  1. Raw oysters, raw clams, head cheese, pickled pigs feet (trotters). I'm sure there are others I've forgotten, but those are most "ewwwww"-worthy.

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                    1. re: njmarshall55

                      Yes, yes, and yes please. Never had raw clams, too far inland to try them at home and I don't recall seeing them in the restaurants I've been to.

                    2. Spam, liverwurst, chicken liver, whitefish salad, anchovies, pigs knuckles and...caviar! All consumed by me and reviled by everyone else in my house.


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                      1. re: Jerseygirl111

                        Yum. Add scrapple, canned smoked oysters, herring, and that could be my list.

                        1. re: Jerseygirl111

                          Unfortunately my boyfriend loves them as well and they don't last in my house...

                        2. Pickled herring (especially on bagels)
                          Canned sardines, anchovies, kippers, smoked oysters, and mussels
                          Chopped liver
                          Liver and onions
                          Goat meat
                          Blood sausage (morcilla)
                          Chicken hearts (we have an awesome Brazilian food truck, Feast Beast, that sells five marinated, grilled hearts on a skewer for $5)
                          Pickled eggs
                          Strawberries (with or without vanilla ice cream) with balsamic vinegar

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                          1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                            What do you do to the goat meat to get around it's gameiness? It just turns my stomach.

                          2. Sweetened condensed milk, all at once, straight from the can.

                            Scooping out sea urchin milt or roe while standing on the tidal flats.

                            Eating smaller shrimp with head and shell. Learned in Japan.

                            Raw pork sausage with hard rolls and Jagermeister.

                            Goats eyes in yogurt in Morroco.

                            Red Lobster all you can eat shrimp fest.

                            Crawfish head sucker. Thank you little red headed Cajun girl.

                            1. Oddly enough, when I mix flavored yogurt, cottage cheese, and grapes as a summer breakfast. Texture thing, I suppose.

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                              1. re: Brianne920

                                I have to eat my favorite cottage cheese snack in private. It grosses everyone out. Four ounces cottage cheese, chopped pineapple, and copious amounts of freshly ground black pepper. (about a full teaspoon)

                                1. re: dratlover

                                  I've mixed my CC with mango and cayenne, and honeydew and salt---maybe we're just BFF's that have been separated, because yours doesn't sound gross to me, at all

                                  1. re: dratlover

                                    I love cottage cheese and pineapple. Never considered the pepper, tho. Something to consider.

                                2. Pork rinds, pickled herring and balut. My roommate can't even be in the same room if I'm eating the latter.

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                                  1. re: JungMann

                                    Is balut very common? I have spoken to a couple people from the Phillipines and they said it is more for celebrations, but I thought it was a street vendor food?


                                    1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                      It is a street vendor food in Vietnam for sure.

                                      1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                        I've never heard of it as a party food. They are a common street snack.

                                        1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                          Ok, balut is just too much to me..... I need to run to bathroom to throw up now.....

                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                            Worse than stinky tofu? You can barely see the buggers most of the time with Filipino balut (not so with the more mature eggs preferred on the Continent). But there is no way you're going to be able to ignore stinky tofu!

                                            1. re: JungMann

                                              :) Definitely worse than stinky tofu in my mind. Stinky tofu is an acquired taste, like it or not, much like durians. There aren't a gross factor there for stinky tofu or durians.

                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                I must have a very high threshold, because I also have no problem with stinky tofu. Durians, however, fail to entice me with their flavor of spoiled custard mixed with onions.

                                                1. re: JungMann

                                                  <I also have no problem with stinky tofu>

                                                  Me neither. In fact, I love them. I also love durians too.

                                        2. Sardines, smoked oysters and clams,kipper snacks, pork rinds, green tea ice cream (leaves my midwestern in-laws with a rabid sweet tooth at a loss for words), seaweed, chicken gizzards, and durian.

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                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                            And chicken gizzards, if I haven't already said it

                                            1. Bread slices with soy sauce or tabasco over it.

                                              1. Spaghettios with meatballs

                                                Tacos from Burger King - even I find them gross, but sometimes you've just got to have what you've got to have!

                                                I love to mix corn with mashed potatoes, but otherwise the foods on my plate must never touch, unless they're supposed to.

                                                1. To many people, regardless of where they come from, eating anything from a street vendor is gross. For me, they (street vendors, not "people") are a quick and simple way to add a third or fourth dinner to my day...

                                                  1. I'll eat practically anything that has cilantro in it--I barely notice its flavor--which grosses out one friend of mine. But he eats mayonnaise on things like burgers and eggs, so I'd say we're even.

                                                    1. cornuts. Some people start gaging at the smell.

                                                        1. In my teens my friend got me hooked on chef boyardee spaghetti and meatballs wrapped in cold iceburg lettuce. I love butter on sandwiches and a pat on soup. I also like grilled cheese and peanutbutter sandwiches. All of which gross out my boyfriend. But he eats sardines and mustard on toast and covers it in cheese melted in the microwave and a hotdog tomato sauce thing that he calls casserole. We have agreed to partake in these things alone