Since the thermometer reads 18 degrees Fahrenheit here on this side of the world, we've been eating lots of hearty fare. This week we've enjoyed roasted chicken, beef stew, and soup.
Then there was this little gem. We invited my parents over for dinner and ate a pig's stomach. What? I told you to brace yourself.
If I thought anyone would actually make this, I'd share the recipe. Anyone?
But, look how delicious it looks after it's cooked all afternoon.
Okay, you're right - it still looks disgusting. Would you trust me if I said it really was delicious?
Here's the story: hog maw is what this little delight is called in our corner of the world. Basically, you use the maw (or the actual pig's stomach) as a way to house all of the comfort foods unique to our area. I stuff mine with chopped potatoes, onions, carrots, fresh sausage, and stuffing (like the kind you put in a turkey). We kind of love it. Some people make gravy to pour over the hog maw, my mom prefers horseradish, we like ketchup. My dad is the only person I know that actually eats the maw. Coincidentally, a classmate of Kate's was also having hog maw last Saturday night, and a local church was serving it for a fundraiser. So, see - we're not that weird. Right?