Posted on 21 Jul 2015 18:21
Brains are actually somewhat nutritious. They are high in protein, at least. Some folks eat them, and some folks find the idea of eating them offensive, on many levels. Nobody is going to want to eat cow's brains, for fear of "Mad Cow Disease" and not many of use would partake of monkey brains like in Indiana Jones. But what about pig brains? Ever heard of pig brains with eggs? It's a thing. What about canned pig brains in milk gravy in a can? Apparently that's a thing too.
Armour offered them and I am not surprised by that. There is was even a recipe for scrambled eggs and brains on the back of the can, and a picture of pork brains and scrambled eggs as the "serving suggestion" on the front.
I'm not going to try to guess why they stopped, maybe it was the health nuts. But, thankfully you can still get your Amour potted meat, Vienna sausages, Treet (the Spam alternative), and, of course, Armour canned corned beef. The Corned Beef is a product of Brazil. What the?
Now that you're dying to try out a can, the good news is that you have one last brand to try. Rose Pork Brains with Milk Gravy are, according to one blog I read, "a Southern delicacy." Growing up in Mississippi, I must say I never saw any cans of Rose Pork Brains around, and when I was stocking shelves in my uncle's busy grocery store, I never put up a can of any pork brains at all. The serving suggestion on the front of the can is, you guessed it, scrambled eggs and pork brains. With a little sprig of parsley.
Alas, the most attractive can of pork brains in milk gravy is no more. Kelly's pork brains had a smoke-piping leprechan giving an A-OK sign on the label, just like their cans of chili. What better endoresment is there? Kelly's, a company based in Jackson, Tennessee, went out of business in 2003, but apparently the chili, if not the pork brains, is still being distributed by an outfit called Vietti Foods, Inc. Sadly, I don't have an image of the can that I can use, but you can view it here.
I did see a few cans of Kelly's Chili on Mississippi grocery store shelves, but we never actually ate any in my family.
Scrambled Eggs and Pig Brains Recipe
Now that you know how to get yourself a can of pig brains, you'll probably be a little disappointed to find that Rose doesn't have a recipe for scrambled eggs and pig brains on the back of the can. No worries! I've got you covered. I dug up a recipe in the Global Delicacies: Diversity, Exotic, Strange, Weird, Relativism by Andrew Nyakupfuka
2 1/2 tsp bacon grease (this is not optional, you can't use vegetable oil)
1/3 cup of whole milk (again, not optional, you can't use low-fat milk)
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 can pork brains in milk gravy (Rose brand it is)
Beat the milk and eggs together in a bowl.
Melt the bacon grease in a skillet over low heat. Add the pork brains to the pan and stir. Stir in the salt and pepper. Increase the heat and add the egg mixture to the brains. Stir until the eggs are scrambled. Serve immediately with toast, and with grits if you want a "truly Southern experience."
Come to think of it, I guess you could have figured that out on your own. Also come to think of it, I missed out on a good many truly Southern experiences, but I probably ate some much more disgusting stuff than pork brains in a can.