Head Cheese with Adventures-in-Cooking

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Recipe blog Adventures-in-Cooking is a journey through the culinary world, slowly expanding your knowledge and stomach. We just couldn’t resist featuring this home-made head cheese with rosemary and carrots. What is head cheese? Well, to sum it up, it is a mixture of boiled pigs’ head parts, seasoned herbs, spices and vegetables compacted into a convenient and slice-able loaf. This is a delight on some bread or even eaten solo. This pricy deli item is now accessible at home thanks to Adventures-in-Cooking. The blogs founder (Eva) shares her tips about cooking head cheese and dealing with a gigantic pig head in your kitchen. This two day process is a not just a recipe but a challenge. Feed your creative side – cook and eat something new!

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Ingredients:

Pig Boil
1 clean pig’s head, shaved with brain removed
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
6 cloves minced garlic
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Head Cheese Filling
roughly 8 cups reserved pig boil stock
4 carrots, chopped into 1/2 inch thick pieces
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons salt
3 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh rosemary, finely chopped

Tools
1 large stock pot
4-5 loaf pans
plastic wrap
cheesecloth
(8-10) 1 lb bags of dried beans or rice, to use as a weight

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See how Eva makes this recipe at: Adventures-in-Cooking