Porketta in PHX?
This is a seasoned pork roast that is common in northern MN, but can be found in a few locations in Minneapolis. I've found recipes on-line that tell you how to season it yourself, which I have tried, but it never turns out as good as the pre-seasoned ones from the iron range. My husband had it for the first time this past summer while visiting family up there and is dying to have another one. I was hoping with all the MN snow birds down here, that there might be a butcher that sells them. Anyone heard of this?
I'm from Duluth, and I don't remember seeing too much porchetta up there. This is probably OT to this thread, but I'd be interesting in knowing your sources on the Range (my email is in my profile). My mom will be there in a couple weeks and could possibly hook it up.
Andreoli does indeed have it,; I had it once, and I thought it was a little drier than I would have liked.
VonHanson's hails from MN, so if there is indeed a connection there, they might know something.
Really, it's best made at home IMO.
I am very familiar with VonHanson's but didn't realize they had them here. I will have to check with them. If you go up to Hibbing, you can find them in pretty much any grocery store. My mom lives in a northern suburb of the twin cities and could also get them at her local grocery store until just recently. It is definitely an iron range dish. I've always had it shredded and on sandwiches, not done with potatoes and carrots like a roast. You can find it at the church festivals up there along with sarmas (cabbage rolls made from "sour heads" which is when the pickle the entire cabbage). I don't think you were far enough north in Duluth for it.
Here is the place in Hibbing where we usually buy Porketta when we're up there. However, you can find them other places. Fraboni's is probably best known for them. They also give a brief description. It seems to be similar to the Italian Porchetta, but doesn't seem to be exactly the same. There were so many cultures represented up on the iron range that it's hard to know where it came from.
I don't know how close Italian-style porchetta comes to MN-style porketta, but I think Sassi has porchetta on its menu now; and Andreoli sells porchetta sandwiches--not sure if they will sell you the porchetta on its own.
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