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Black History Month: Soul Food Snatchers

Cracklins

Photo Credit: thebittenword.com

Photo Credit: thebittenword.com

Thought to have originated in New Orleans, cracklins are the new croutons! These nuggets of animals skins, sometimes referred to as pork rinds, were high in fat. We followed our culinary instincts, seasoned, chopped them into bite sized pieces and deep fried these goodies in oil and the results were a crispy and flavorful snack. Now, well within the last few years, these tasty morsels have evolved and found themselves sprinkled on tacos, hearty soup, incorporated into pizza crusts and, most recently, as replacements as croutons atop healthy salads.

Cultural expositor Tyrus Rochell Townsend has written for Essence, Uptown, Vibe, BET.com, The Atlanta Post, Bleu Magazine,  Details Style Network and numerous other publications. Read about his style musings at The Gentleman’s Daily and follow him on Twitter @gentlemansdaily and on Instagram at @tyrusrochelltownsend and @thegentlemansdaily.

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