Ok so for Mother's Day I bought my mom some new cookbooks, but they have since made their way to my house. I found a couple recipes for hog's head cheese in one and I decided to try it out. I'm not really a huge fan of the stuff, but I figured if I made it, I would like it and low and behold, I did. Kinda feel like Sam I Am. Anyway, this recipe doesn't use a hog's head, thank goodness, but it does use pig's feet. I will go ahead and tell you that I didn't pick off any of the meat from them. Sorry. Not my cup of tea. They did make great treats for the dogs though. Now, enough of this....Lets get started!
First, mix 3 packs of unflavored gelatin with 2 cups of boiling water and let sit.
Cut a 6lb pork shoulder into cubes and place in a big ol' pot
Cover with water (This is when I figured out that I need a bigger freaking pot! LOL)
Chop 3 cups of green onions
Cut 2 onions in to pieces
Mince some garlic
Add half the green onions, all of the onion and garlic to the water
3 Bay leaves
Salt, pepper, cayenne and Tony's
Add to water
Bring to a boil and let simmer for 2 hours
Chop up a cup of carrots
Cup of red bell pepper
After 2 hours, remove feet and meat.
Strain and reserve the liquid
Chop up the meat into small pieces, or do like I did and jsut break it up with the tongs.
Bring the remaining liquid to a boil and add the rest of the green onions, carrots and red bell pepper.
Add the gelatin (which looked like I was dumping a jellyfish into the pot) and adjust the seasonings. Let boil for 10 mins.
Ladel into loaf pans and place in fridge to set overnight
Unmold. I think it looks pretty!
Slice into pieces or place on a plate to serve with crackers.
However you decide to serve it, I can tell you that it is GOOD stuff!! Already know what I want to do with it next time to make it better, but for a first go round, I didn't think it was bad at all. Mitch took some back to Louisiana and it didn't last too long. Guess that's good! Mom, Dad, Nanny, Grampa and even JW liked it! Hope yall try it out!
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3 years ago