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Head Cheese

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  Pigs head/Calf's head 1
  Onion 1 Large, quartered
  Whole cloves 4
  Celery tops 6
  Parsley sprigs 4
  Carrot 1
  Bay leaf 1
  Peppercorns 12
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Cayenne pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Sage 2 Teaspoon

1. Clean the pig's or calf's head, discard the snout. Keep aside the tongue and brains.
2. Scrub the mixture to clean.

3. In a kettle place the heat and cover with water.
4. Stuck cloves in onion. Add it to the kettle along with tongue.
5. In a cheesecloth add celery, parsley, carrot, bay leaf and peppercorns. Tie the cloth and keep in kettle.
6. Add salt And stir to mix.
7. Boil the mixture and skim the scum. Simmer slowly about 4 hours until meat is cooked.
8. Let the tongue cook for 1 1/2 hours in water and then remove it.
9. Keep the head in a large platter.
10. Strain the liquid and reserve in a kettle.
11. Discard rind from head.
12. Chop meat and tongue.
13. Remove skin and excess tissue from the end. Trim it into small pieces.
14. Keep in a large bowl. Alternately, you can also put meat through food chopper.
15. In a pan take little of the cooking liquid and add brains in it. Cook covered over simmering heat for 15 minutes.
16. Take out, drain and add to meat and tongue.
17. Sprinkle cayenne, sage and nutmeg over it. Mix gently.
18. In a 9x5x3" loaf pan or mold, pack the mixture and press firmly.
19. Pour ½ cup lukewarm cooking liquid over it.
20. Seal the pan or mold. Put weight on it.
21. Freeze for 48 hours before using.

22. Serve sliced.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Preparation Time: 
35 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
155 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 180 Calories from Fat 99

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 11 g16.9%

Saturated Fat 2.8 g14%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 1690.3 mg563.4%

Sodium 657.4 mg27.4%

Total Carbohydrates 6 g2%

Dietary Fiber 1.6 g6.6%

Sugars 2.6 g

Protein 14 g27.7%

Vitamin A 35.6% Vitamin C 43.4%

Calcium 3.9% Iron 14%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Head Cheese Recipe