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Lard Focaccia

Serious Eats Chichi Wang 1 comment

Why would you want to make lard focaccia? If you want your focaccia to taste like lard, of course. As an added bonus, as the focaccia bakes your entire house will smell like lard, though you can also use duck fat or mix in a little bacon fat if you'd prefer something with a smoky flavor. More

The Nasty Bits: Spanish Lard Cookies (Polvorones)

Serious Eats Chichi Wang 5 comments

These lard cookies were significantly different from the biscochitos I grew up with: instead of flour, the cookie dough uses a mixture of ground almonds and flour that are toasted in the oven briefly before being added to the dough. Grated orange peel gives the cookies the zest needed to cut the richness of the lard. More

Venison Chili for Christmas Hot Dogs

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This recipe was developed for Christmas Hot Dogs but tastes great on its own as well. Spiked with cocoa and cinnamon, it's similar to a Greek or Cincinnati-style chili but not as aggressively spiced. I wanted to keep the spice... More

The Nasty Bits: Sopaipillas

Serious Eats Chichi Wang 30 comments

Sopaipillas are plain delicious because a) they're made with lard and b) they're fried in lard. Fresh out of the bubbling lard, perfect sopaipillas are crisp on the corners and tender on the inside. Upon contact with the fat, the raw squares of dough will sizzle and puff dramatically; like pita bread, the hot air building inside forces the separation of the dough. More

The Nasty Bits: How to Use Leaf Lard in Pastry Doughs

Serious Eats Chichi Wang 5 comments

Why use lard in pastries? Butter produces extremely good crusts, yet lard holds two distinct advantages over an all-butter crust. First, lard produces flakier crusts than butter. Even the small amount of water present in butter may cause the dough particles to stick to one another rather than separate into the discrete layers that constitute a flaky pastry. Second, while butter is primarily a saturated fat, lard by percentage is primarily an unsaturated fat. Here, a recipe for lard-and-butter pastry dough. More

The Nasty Bits: How to Render Leaf Lard (with Welsh Griddle Cakes Recipe)

Serious Eats Chichi Wang 8 comments

Nothing should stand in your way when it comes to a culinary communion with lard. If you are so clever as to obtain the entirety of leaf lard (ask a good butcher), then all you really need to render it is a knife and heavy pot. You can then use the lard in both sweet and savory dishes, like this recipe for Welsh Griddle Cakes. More

Seriously Asian: The Passing Through Technique

Serious Eats Chichi Wang 7 comments

Principles of Stir-Fry, Part Two Wok-fried fish with vegetables, made using the passing through technique. Previously Principles of Stir-Fry, Part One » All Seriously Asian coverage » In Chinese households, home cooks stir-fry dishes but they bear little resemblance to... More

The Nasty Bits: Fat Is Flavor (Salad with Bacon and Egg & Spaghetti Carbonara)

Serious Eats Chichi Wang 9 comments

In this salad of greens made with lard and bacon, the richness of the fat complements the sharpness of the vinegar; only mustard is needed to bind the two. [Photographs: Chichi Wang] If I were ever to get a tattoo,... More

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