The meat-centric restaurant Salty Sow recently opened up on Austin's east side. This latest nose-to-tail venture is powered by the owners of Eddie V's and Hopdoddy (the steakhouse and mini burger chain, respectively). It's no surprise that this menu is dominated by animal-driven dishes. Check out the charcuterie plate, bone marrow, and more.
'head cheese' on Serious Eats
When Fatted Calf, our newest San Francisco retail charcuterie, tweeted their recent sandwich special, I knew I had to try it. Headcheese, ham, butter lettuce and pickled turnips filled a crusty baguette that was liberally spread with garlic butter.
Head cheese, also known as aspic, is popular throughout Europe. Just to clear things up before we move any further: it does not actually contain any cheese. Head cheese belongs to a family of dishes where prime quality meats from the head of a pig or calf (seafood, lamb, and poultry can also be used) are preserved into a jelly made from cooled stock that's been turned into gelatin.
So I had some space issues this week. After my first few days as an apprentice at Fleisher's Meats in Kingston, New York, I returned to New York City laden with four garbage bags' worth of the finest meat around. But the crowning glory was the pig's head, molars and all.
[Photos: Chichi Wang] For diners wishing to experience a whole lot of offal in one sitting, Paradou in the Meatpacking District may be a good option. The tiny French bistro, located right across from Pastis, offers classic bistro fare...
Here's "Granpa's": 1 hog's head 1 hog's tongue salt and pepper sage or chili powder Clean and scrape hog's head and wash thoroughly. Wash and trim tongue. Cover head and tongue with slightly salted water and simmer until meat falls from the bone. Drain meat, shred, and season. Pack tightly in bowl, cover, and weigh it down. Let stand 3 days in a cold place. Slice. Makes 6-8 pounds. The site also has recipes for scrambled brains, cheddar coffee ("when the coffee is gone, slurp the glob of melted cheese", and a "banana worm bread" that calls for 1/4 cup of dry-roasted army nuts. At last, some hors d'oeuvres ideas for my next book club meeting......