I have been a spoiled girl lately. So, I decided to make a special meal for Andrew, as a way to show my appreciation. I found a ten pound fresh picnic ham at my local King Kullen grocery store. Usually, we only have fresh ham on special family occasions. While walking around the store, I was thinking back to a meal that my Mother made when her cousin Krista and her family visited from Germany. She made a fresh ham baked with whole prunes and apricots. It was twenty years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday! I decided to try a spin on this idea.
Andrew did the carving. He separated the cracklins from the meat. I have to say that they were addictive. I know that they are not something that I should overdo - but I could not stop crunching on the porky goodness!
I roasted some (pre-cut) turnips and yams with extra virgin olive oil and salt. Altogether, this meal was a big success and I am proud of myself. Maybe I should cook more often. The meat was tender and moist. The glaze made each bite slightly sweet and savory and made the cracklins into a candy-like burst of pork perfection.