Gribenes or grieven (Yiddish: גריבענעס, [ˈɡrɪbənəs], "scraps") are crisp chicken or goose skin cracklings with fried onions, a kosher food somewhat similar to pork rinds. Gribenes are a byproduct of schmaltz preparation.
A favored food in the past among Ashkenazi Jews, gribenes is frequently mentioned in Jewish stories and parables. Today, it is more likely to be called a "guilty pleasure", "heartburn heaven", and "heart attack food". It is a high-cholesterol food.
This food is often associated with the Jewish holidays Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah. Traditionally, gribenes were served with potato kugel or latkes during Hannukkah.
Gribenes is also associated with Passover, as large amounts of schmaltz, with its resulting gribenes, were traditionally used in Passover recipes.
Gribenes can be eaten as a snack, typically on rye or pumpernickel bread with salt, or used in recipes such as chopped liver, or all of the above. It is often served as a side dish with pastrami on rye or hot dogs.
This food has also been eaten as a midnight snack, or as an appetizer. Some Jews in Louisiana add gribenes to Jambalaya in place of non-Kosher shrimp. It was served to children on challah bread as a treat.
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