Soul Food or Irish Twist for your Pig’s Feet

There are many ways to serve pig’s feet, including: boiled, pickled, jellied, or barbequed. MCCN is presenting you with two ways to pig-out with pig feet. First see the recipe for southern style pig’s feet  to satisfy the spicy soul food yearning. It’s a staple in many a southerner or African-American’s New Year’s Day dinner celebration. Secondly, we have an Irish recipe commonly called Crubeens. It’s a braised pig’s feet (trotters) dish generally eaten by our Irish friends right out of the hand. It’s usually consumed after coming from a night at the pub.

Recipe for Southern Style Pig Feet 

Ingredients

  • 8 -10 pig’s feet , washed throughly
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 onions , chopped
  • 2 bell peppers , chopped
  • 2 celery ribs , chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon Accent seasoning (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Preparation

Wash pig’s feet thoroughly in warm water. Place all ingredients in large pot or dutch oven. Add water to cover pigs feet. Boil until tender. Add more water if necessary.

Recipe from FamilyOven.com

Yields: 4-6 servings

Crubeen (Pig’s Feet) Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 6 pig’s trotters (from the hind legs)
  • 1 onion stuck with 6 cloves
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 peppercorns
  • Salt
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 sprig thyme

Preparation

Combine pig’s feet, onion, carrot, bay leaf, peppercorns, salt, parsley, and thyme in a heavy pot or Dutch oven and pour in water to barely cover all. Gently bring contents to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 3 hours.

Crubeens may be eaten hot or cold.

Yields: 2 servings

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Puerto Rican Christmas Traditions

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In many ways a Puerto Rican Christmas is much like its North American counterpart.  Festive decorations including lights, poinsettias, Christmas trees and scenes of the Nativity, (El Nacimiento) adorn many homes. The holiday serves as a time to celebrate with friends and family and to acknowledge the birth of Jesus Christ. READ MORE