This is another must dish for French Canadian families at Christmas time. In the old days, when country people had to work outside in the cold Canadian winters and needed an extra inch (or two) of fat to keep warm, they didn't bother defatting the dish. They would eat the pork with skin and fat. I don't recommend doing this unless you need to put on a lot of weight. This dish should be made ahead of time. It freezes very well and is better reheated.