Monday, June 10, 2013

Spicy Pickled Pig Feet


PICKLED TROTTERS...

WAIT...
these are nothing like you would expect.

YES...they are quite a bit to handle, 
but PUT YOUR GAME FACE ON AND GO FOR IT !

all this talk about nose to tail and sustainability...

now you need to
SHOW WHAT YOU'RE MADE OF
and WALK THE TALK



ease into it with a few tostadas...a popular Mexican street food.
REALLY...i'm not kidding.  these little puppies are delicious.
i always see everyone on the cooking shows talking about adding a little acidity to give things a balanced flavor.  pickled this and pickled that, a little balsamic here and a little vinaigrette there...

pickled trotter's could be the answer.... a perfect addition.
just think "PICKLES"
add them to a salad...a burger?...a sandwich?

these trotter's are mildly acidic with a few flavorful spices.  they do have an unusual texture that i can only liken to...well...pickled pig products...hummmph...
if you cook them long enough and are able to de-bone them properly the texture can be soft. pliable and porky.  when chopped into a relish or a topping for salad i bet the consumer would never know.  not to say you should rely on trickery, but not many people will jump at the chance to try a pickle pig product if asked.  i promise, this is not like that horrid looking dusty jar you see on the top shelf at the market...

these are done with a little extra CARE and a little EXTRA FLARE.


had i know they would be this good, i would have filled the jar !


SPICY PICKLED PIG FEET

2-3  trotters split in half
2 cups apple cider vinegar
5-6 cardamom pods, crushed open
4 dried chili de arbol
1 1/2 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
10 peppercorns
1/2 tsp red chili flakes...a little more s good
a few baby carrots and cloves of garlic

first...put the trotters into a large stock pot filled with water.  bring to a boil for about 5-10 minutes.  pull out trotters and discard water.  this helps remove any contaminants and just makes for clean feet.  clean the pot and fill again with water and put the trotters in.  you're basically just cooking the feet in a good broth...however you do it is fine, but this is what i did...add 1 quartered onion, a few smashed garlic cloves, a couple of bay leaves, a large pinch of Mexican oregano and a splash of apple cider.  bring to a boil, then to a simmer for about 2 to 3 hours or until trotters are very fork tender,(but not totally mush) and bones can easily be removed.
remove from broth and cool to the touch so you can remove as many bones as possible.   try not to mangle the feet.  try to keep the pieces whole or at least large.  this batch was cooked just right so i was able to get every bone and still leave the feet in good shape.
strain and save the broth for something else. keep the bay leaves and chilis for the finished jar.  the broth might not have too much meaty flavor, but it is full of collagen and very very viscous.  i keep it for the next round of pig braising or use it in cold terrines.
next...in a medium sauce pan add the cider vinegar, cardamom pods, dried chilies, salt, sugar, peppercorns and red chili flakes.  bring to boil, then a simmer.  add de-boned trotters in and simmer on LOW for 10 to 15  minutes.
remove from heat.  remove feet and put in jar(or jars) of choice.  strain broth/cider mixture and keep the goodies like the cardamom, peppercorns, bay leaves etc to put in the jar.  pour the cider over the trotters and put all your saved goodies in and around the trotters.
let come to room temp and refrigerate.  let sit in fridge for at least a few days and up to 4 weeks (maybe even a little longer...if the seal is not broken).  if you dig in to them, try and use with in 10 days.  NOTE...i am not the food police and i don't know for sure how long these keep...but they are "pickled" and that's how long i have kept them.

serve them along with your charcuterie platter, on Mexican Street Tostados, slice on top a savory pulled pork slider...heck, you could use them as the pickle effect on a juicy big burger.

2 comments:

Emily said...

A lot of people talk about sustainability and using the whole animal, but this is the first recipe I have seen online to really go for it!! Kudos!

Jules and Ruby said...

hi Emily...thanks for having the courage to check out this post...lol. i'm off to pick up some EARS today

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