Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins
Schmaltz is highly flavorful rendered chicken fat often used in Jewish cooking. It's easy to make and worh the effort as it tastes quite a bit different than butter or other similar fats. Try it in chopped chicken liver (pate). If you are making chicken schmaltz at the same time as the chopped chicken liver, feel free to add the browned onions and cracklings to the liver in place of the sauteed onions.
- 1⁄2 lb chicken fat, cut into small pieces (and or or skin)
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Partially cover the pan and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. The fat will begin to crackle as it cooks. When you no longer hear the fat crackle, remove the lid, reduce the heat to low, and continue to cook until the skin becomes crispy, about 15 to 25 minutes. Lower the heat, if necessary, to keep the skin from browning too quickly. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Strain into a small bowl. If desired, reserve the crispy skin. Refrigerate, covered for up to 1 week.
- Tip: Trim the chicken fat and skin from whole birds before roasting and store it in the freezer until there is enough to render, or ask your butcher for some.