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Oreilles de Crisse

Oreilles de Crisse are a Québecois garnish of cooked pork rinds or cooked salt pork, similar to the Chicharróns made in Latin America.

They are served as a side accompaniment to eggs at breakfast, to beans, to stews, or scattered on tops of dishes as a garnish.

The rinds or salt pork can be can be fried, baked or deep-fried. Sometimes they are fried or baked up on a bed of onions to flavour the strips.

Now, though, Oreilles de Crisse are mostly deep-fried, and made very crispy.


Cut salt pork in strips about 1/2 inch (1 1/2 cm) wide, and about 3 inches (7 1/2 cm) long.

Blanch it in boiling water for 5 minutes, drain.

Bake it in the oven at about 350 F (175 C) until the pieces are roasted, crispy and golden brown. Turn several times during this.

Drain on paper towel.

Language Notes

"Oreilles" in French means "ears".

"Crisser" in French means to squeak, squeal or grate. It can also be interpreted to make "craquer", crack. Refers to the various sounds an Oreilles de Crisse might make in your teeth as you eat it.

Because "Christ" in French is pronounced "Crisse", popular belief now has it that the name means "Christ's ears."

See also:


Bacon; Barrow Hog; Berkshire Pigs; Butcher Hog; Casertano Pigs; Chitterlings; Crown Roast of Pork Day; Crown Roast of Pork; Fore Hock; Gilt Hog; Ground Pork; Ham; Hog Jowl; Iberian Pigs; Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications; Kurobuta Pork; Lard; Mett; Oreilles de Crisse; Pickled Pork; Pig's Feet; Pork Brawn; Pork Crackling; Pork Cubes; Pork Cuts Illustrated -- British; Pork Cuts Illustrated -- North American; Pork Heart; Pork Hocks; Pork Kidney; Pork Leg; Pork Liver; Pork Loin Roast; Pork Loin; Pork Maw; Pork Pies; Pork Rib Roast; Pork Ribs; Pork Rinds; Pork Souse; Pork; Prime Collar; Pulled Pork; Salt Meat; Sausages; Sow; Stag Hog; Streak of Lean; Tasso; Ventrèche; Zampino

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Also called:

Grillades de lard


Oulton, Randal. "Oreilles de Crisse." CooksInfo.com. Published 29 June 2005; revised 07 November 2007. Web. Accessed 04/21/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/oreilles-de-crisse>.

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