Schmaltz is the English term for a rendered animal fat that is used as a spread on bread. In Poland, where it’s called Smalec, it was offered to me as part of an appetizer platter at restaurant Starka in the old Jewish district of Kazimierz in Krakow.  I wasn’t that keen on trying as I usually cut the fat off all my meats, but when in Rome…

It was served on a slice of dark rye bread and topped with a slice of pickle. It had all the taste of fat that always makes any meat dish taste so delicious, but it didn’t have any of that chewy or fatty consistency that puts me off. The fat almost melted on your tongue as soon as it touched down. It also had some added seasonings to give it some extra flavor. I’m left contemplating whether or not to buy a jar of smalec to take back home.

Fear Factor – 8 / Taste Test – 9


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