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How Southern Are You? Dare Ya! (Pork Brains)

How Southern Are You? Dare Ya! (PORK BRAINS)

by Ron Williams (Photo features My Pet Pig, Prissy...)
July 2004

I think it's one of those Jeff Foxworthy "Redneck" jokes that says the last words of a Redneck are, "Dare me?!??!"

My wife actually ate this growing up (and there's folks in North Georgia who eat dirt, too), and God knows, I've ingested some strange things, but...

PORK BRAINS???? I have a pet pig, and I know they're smart (like the 4th smartest mammal, right after dolphins..), and I don't want to eat their brains! I can't think of anything's brains I want to eat.

Strangely, one of the more interesting recipe sites on the Internet is "Congress Cooks," a collection of recipes from many of our elected officials. You can browse it at: http://www.virtualcities.com/ons/0rec/congress.htm

John Kerry presents "Cranberry Bread".and The Honorable Republican Congressman from Texas, Tom DeLay, offers up guacamole without (WITHOUT!!!) any chile peppers! I thought it was illegal in Texas not to have a meal without a jalapeno, at least, in it! But, the Most Southern As You Dare recipe goes to:

The Honorable Howard Coble
United States Congressman, North Carolina
Specialty Recipe
Favorite Breakfast "Brains N' Eggs"

When I was a youngster, my mom used to prepare Brains N' Eggs for breakfast. It was a fairly regular breakfast, not at all unusual. So that's when I started eating them. I've enjoyed them ever since, but I can't find any on Capitol Hill. I'll admit the name of the dish is not the most appetizing, but try 'em, you might like 'em!

2-1/2 Tablespoons bacon grease
4 eggs
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (5 ounce) pork brains in gravy (Rose Brand preferred)
Melt bacon grease in an iron skillet on low heat. Add pork brains to heated grease. Stir with a fork. Add salt and pepper and stir. Whisk eggs and milk together. Increase heat and add egg mixture to brains. Scramble to desired consistency. Serve immediately over toast. For a truly southern dish, serve with grits and apple butter.
Serves: 2

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