apples, onions, and bay leaves scent lush, rendered pork fat
My dear friend Jenifer gifted us with a jar of Griebenschmalz the other day. Griebenschmalz, she said, is a spread made with rendered pork fat sceneted with diced apple, onions, and sometimes herbs like bay leaves or marjoram.
Griebenschmalz is often spread on a hearty bread, like rye, and served cold. Jenifer likes to spread it on hot toast, and so do I. In fact, this griebenschmalz she made, melted on homemade focaccia, was one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in recent memory.
Griebenschmalz–German “apple greaves drippings” makes for the most delicious spread
For some of us, pork fat still has a bad reputation for being fattening or unhealthy. And yet, it has less saturated fat, more unsaturated fat, and less cholesterol than butter does, by weight. And it tastes extraordinary.
Want to make your own Griebenschmalz? Delicious Days has a wonderful recipe for you to try.