Yield: 4 servings
|4 eaches||Brined pigs' trotters|
|1 x||Stick celery|
|6 fluid ounce||Wine vinegar|
|1 x||Melted butter|
|1 x||Dried breadcrumbs|
Get plain pig's trotters from your butcher and then brine them for 24 hours. Once they've been brined long enough, bandage them with several strips of cheesecloth, or tie them several times around the short way with string, since they will try with all their might to fall apart into many pieces while cooking. Put into a pot with the vegetables, and cover with water and the vinegar. Simmer gently for 6 or 7 hours.
Allow to cool in the liquid. -- To serve, split the trotter in two the long way and roll in melted butter and dried breadcrumbs mixed with a pinch of allspice. Heat slowly under a broiler, or in the oven at 350 F, until hot and crisp on the outside. Serve with mustard and horseradish for those who like such things....and LOTS of wet wipes and paper towels. . Basic brine for trotters: . 12½ cups water: ¾ lb sea salt: ¾ lb brown sugar: 2 oz saltpeter (optional): 1 t juniper berries: small piece ungrated nutmeg: 1 bay leaf: 3 sprigs thyme: 1 t black peppercorns: 4 cloves. Put all ingredients in a pan, bring to boiling point, skim and remove from the heat. Let cool.
Add trotters, weight down with a very clean stone or other nonreactive weight, and leave for 24 hours. (The spices are also optional if you're in too much of a hurry.)