When a dog licks his chops, what part of the body is that? It's his lips, right? Today a friend generously gave us some bear chops to try. A hilarious discussion ensued here about what, exactly, are bear chops. One child looked suspiciously into the frying pan, thinking, I am sure, that she did not want to eat bear lips. (Personally, I have never seen lips with bones in them, at least not animal lips.)
I marinated the chops in some balsamic vinaigrette for a couple of hours, then tossed them into the skillet. (All that smoke is not representational of my cooking, not usually, not unless I am frying something.)
The comments were such:
"It smells like pork and tastes like beef."
"I LIKE it!"
"Mmm, that's good."
"It doesn't taste like beef."
"Can I have another piece?"
I have eaten goat before, and squid, and crayfish, but bear lips are the most unusual food I have ever eaten.
The pigs that we get our pork chops from must come from a different country. I have never seen pigs with such big lips as the chops that are in my freezer.