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

mizzdee May 16, 2012 09:30 AM

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

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  1. melpy RE: mizzdee May 16, 2012 09:33 AM

    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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      mizzdee RE: melpy May 16, 2012 11:56 AM

      It is sooooo good though

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        debbiel RE: melpy May 17, 2012 11:48 AM

        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.

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          chocolatetartguy RE: debbiel May 17, 2012 01:56 PM

          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.

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            Janet from Richmond RE: debbiel May 18, 2012 11:02 AM

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

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              mamachef RE: debbiel May 28, 2012 02:25 PM

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

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              biondanonima RE: melpy May 17, 2012 10:43 PM

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

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                mwhitmore RE: biondanonima Dec 29, 2012 11:32 AM

                Ditto turkey.

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                ipsedixit RE: melpy May 28, 2012 09:50 PM

                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

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                  John E. RE: melpy May 29, 2012 10:23 AM

                  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.

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                  jbsiegel RE: mizzdee May 16, 2012 12:36 PM

                  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. njmarshall55 RE: mizzdee May 16, 2012 01:52 PM

                    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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                      Crockett67 RE: njmarshall55 May 30, 2012 01:15 PM

                      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.

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                      Jerseygirl111 RE: mizzdee May 16, 2012 02:12 PM

                      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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                        tcamp RE: Jerseygirl111 May 29, 2012 07:13 AM

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

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                          Crockett67 RE: Jerseygirl111 May 30, 2012 01:13 PM

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

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                          Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: mizzdee May 17, 2012 12:02 PM

                          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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                            Crockett67 RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou May 30, 2012 01:16 PM

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

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                            INDIANRIVERFL RE: mizzdee May 17, 2012 12:14 PM

                            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. Brianne920 RE: mizzdee May 17, 2012 12:21 PM

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

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                                dratlover RE: Brianne920 May 17, 2012 12:30 PM

                                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)

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                                  Brianne920 RE: dratlover May 18, 2012 09:49 AM

                                  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

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                                    njmarshall55 RE: dratlover May 18, 2012 11:00 AM

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

                                2. JungMann RE: mizzdee May 18, 2012 11:05 AM

                                  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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                                    Jerseygirl111 RE: JungMann May 18, 2012 03:08 PM

                                    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?


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                                      LTL RE: Jerseygirl111 May 28, 2012 12:22 PM

                                      It is a street vendor food in Vietnam for sure.

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                                        JungMann RE: Jerseygirl111 May 28, 2012 12:57 PM

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

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                                          Chemicalkinetics RE: Jerseygirl111 May 28, 2012 11:39 PM

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

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                                            JungMann RE: Chemicalkinetics May 29, 2012 06:10 AM

                                            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!

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                                              Chemicalkinetics RE: JungMann May 29, 2012 06:48 AM

                                              :) 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.

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                                                JungMann RE: Chemicalkinetics May 29, 2012 07:31 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  Chemicalkinetics RE: JungMann May 29, 2012 10:24 AM

                                                  <I also have no problem with stinky tofu>

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

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                                                  EWSflash RE: Chemicalkinetics Dec 29, 2012 05:17 PM

                                                  Agreed. I'd try stinky tofu...

                                        2. EWSflash RE: mizzdee May 28, 2012 09:33 PM

                                          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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                                            EWSflash RE: EWSflash Dec 29, 2012 05:17 PM

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

                                          2. Chemicalkinetics RE: mizzdee May 28, 2012 11:38 PM


                                            chicken feet:

                                            pork skin:

                                            preserved eggs:

                                            fermented tofu:

                                            stinky tofu:

                                            I can go on an on....

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                                              mollyw RE: mizzdee Jun 3, 2012 12:12 AM

                                              Bread slices with soy sauce or tabasco over it.

                                              1. DuffyH RE: mizzdee Dec 21, 2012 08:32 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  BuildingMyBento RE: mizzdee Dec 29, 2012 10:25 AM

                                                  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. Jay F RE: mizzdee Dec 29, 2012 10:34 AM

                                                    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.

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                                                      salsailsa RE: mizzdee Dec 29, 2012 11:15 AM

                                                      cornuts. Some people start gaging at the smell.

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                                                        Chatsworth RE: mizzdee Dec 29, 2012 12:43 PM


                                                        1. suzigirl RE: mizzdee Dec 29, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                          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

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