These rich dumplings are an ideal vehicle for syrup. Vallier Robert uses butter in his grand-pères, but the Chouinards use the lard drippings from their oreilles de christ (fried pork rinds).
Tenerumi are the leaves of the cucuzza, a Sicilian zucchini. Father Sal felt there could be no substitute but we made a good soup in the same spirit with dandelion greens and spinach.
We discovered this tasty dish on a visit to the Hog Island Oyster Company in Tomales Bay, California.