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Homemade pork skins are the best

Fresh-made pork skins may change your mind about this great snack.
Fresh-made pork skins may change your mind about this great snack. Special to the Sun Herald

Perhaps you are a fan of the pork rinds, you can find virtually everywhere, safely packaged in a plastic bag with a colorful label and list of ingredients.

Nothing is as crunchy and few things go so well with a cold beer.

This week we are talking about a handful of traditional Mexican restaurants we have on the Coast.

One of the wonders of Mexican cuisine you will find there is chicharrones, or fresh made pork skins.

You most likely will not find them in a cellophane bag, but inside a Plexiglas display case.

They are just as crunchy as the bagged variety, but more flavorful by a factor of many. La Nortena at 224 Porter Avenue in Biloxi has them in their butcher shop (enter the store and turn left).

You can buy the traditional pork rind you are used to, they are bite size, or you can get a 3-inch square variety that are perhaps a serving size for most folks.

Once you have had this delicacy homemade and fresh, you’ll never go back to the bag variety. Pair them with the homemade salsa most of the restaurants serve, and you will have a new top-of-the-list snack to enjoy.

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