Spicy Creole Pickled Pig’s Trotters

Spicy Creole Pickled Pig’s Trotters

Spicy Creole Pickled Pig's Trotters

Spicy Creole Pickled Pig’s TrottersMatt Taylor-Gross

Natural gelatin released by pig's trotters during cooking gives them a jellied consistency. In Creole cuisine, they were traditionally served chilled as an hors d'oeuvre or battered and fried like chicken. While trotters do not contain a lot of pure meat, their skin and cartilage are edible and—once pickled—loaded with tart, porky flavor. The silky pickings from one or two make an excellent addition to beans or braised greens, like the delicious sweet and sour collards Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois makes at his restaurant Blue Smoke in New York City.

This recipe is adapted from the method used in Marion Brown's Pickles and Preserves. An added soak in a seasoned curing salt solution helps the meat to retain its hammy pink hue without the addition of food coloring often used in store-bought versions.

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