I saw a similar question going back to April of last year. Not much of a response, which is sad to me because I feel that red palm oil is the equal to coconut oil and butter and bacon fat, albeit very different taste-wise. For slow-cooking chicken, I think it has no equal. For some it appears to be an acquired taste. When I first cooked with it I was reminded of some great meals I had in Washington, D.C., at African restaurants in Adams Morgan. Red palm oil might have been the secret ingredient in some of those meals.
Anyone else have any uses for it and/or recipes?
Here's my recipe contribution:
Take whatever meat you've got defrosted at the moment and pan sear it in red palm oil. In my version I used pork shoulder (0.25 lb), chicken legs (1.0 lb), chuck roast (0.5 lb) and chicken hearts marinated in chardonnay (0.5 lb). These were basically uncooked "leftovers" that needed to be cooked before they spoiled.
Put the seared meat in the crock pot or Dutch oven on low. Reduce the fats left in the pan with some chardonnay. Add to the crock pot with the meat. Set to low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Add a bit of water and/or chardonnay. Don't want to drown the meat in it. 1/4 to 1/2 of the way up to the level of the meat seems to work.
Add a large bay leaf and some cinnamon sticks or cinnamon, along with salt to taste. Consider adding curry powder if you have a taste for it. Coriander and/or cumin work nicely, too. Dice an onion and/or garlic and add this in as well. For that matter, throw whatever appeals to you into the mix. You really can't break a crock pot recipe...
Consider adding some bacon as well.
I fried some bacon before eating and threw half of it in at the last minute, then fried some chicken pate that I had in the fridge in the bacon grease. Served some bacon and pate on the side.
i will admit that while i keep red palm oil in the kitchen i am not really a diehard fan of the flavor. I use it though because i believe its good for us. I kind of dig having a big jar of red fat too; people are always like what the hell is that
Anyway, i find that the easiest thing to use it for is when making an omelet. Its kinda cool: it dies the whole omelet a pleasant orangey color, like the color you will get when you use really good quality, fresh eggs.
I use a little with eggs as, like Ben said, it gives them the most lovely, appetizing color.
I also use it to round-out my ground beef and lamb "curries" which I eat for lunch over (don't tell) white rice.
I hadn't thought of throwing some in with pot roasts, but that sounds like a great idea as well.
I will say, it has a strong, distinct flavor that needs an assortment of other tastes which it can compliment. Straight-up palm oil isn't all that tasty... kind of like fish sauce, it works best when it's an under-note to other things.
I bought a bottle about 6 months ago. I have used it 3 times, and although I do not mind the taste, I just prefer other fats more. I mainly use for fish. I have always thought about using it more, but then I reach for the butter, CO, or rendered duck fat.
I found it to be super in almost any curry dish, the flavor of the oil really seems to compliment those spices.
I also played with this list... http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Palm_oil_Recipes
but I like it best in curries and thai food.
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