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"Pork Neck" - what to make?

FrannieM Sep 18, 2012 02:12 PM

I have almost 3 kilograms (6.6 lbs) of something labeled in the netherlands as "pork neck". It's frozen in the freezer and I want to make something delicious (Slow roasted in the oven with a marinade?) for a dinner party of 8 people on Friday. Suggestions?

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    jeanmarieok RE: FrannieM Sep 18, 2012 02:28 PM

    I add pork neck bones to my italian gravy - they add a lot of flavor to spaghetti sauce. There's a lot of small bones, and you really have to work to get to the meat off of those small bones. I don't know if I would serve it to guests. For my family, I'd slow braise in tomato/red wine/garlic sauce until it all falls apart.

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      Dirtywextraolives RE: jeanmarieok Sep 18, 2012 03:25 PM

      Exactly my first thought as well.

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      mike0989 RE: FrannieM Sep 18, 2012 02:53 PM

      Here in the US this usally means pieces of bone with some meat attached. I usally use this for a chilie or a stew. However, if it's what i think it is. Our closest equivilent would be a whole pork loin. If you are looking to get ambitious, how about porchetta.

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        FrannieM RE: mike0989 Sep 18, 2012 02:57 PM

        What is porcetta? I actually do not think there are any bones in my cut, or very few

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          mike0989 RE: FrannieM Sep 18, 2012 03:20 PM

          Pardon my fat fingers, porchetta

          Here is a link to a recipe


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          mike0989 RE: mike0989 Sep 18, 2012 07:33 PM

          Here is one slow cook recipe to look at as an idea.


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            mike0989 RE: mike0989 Sep 18, 2012 07:34 PM

            OK, I've looked at this a bit more. It is from the other end of the pig, but it does often come in more of loin form in some places. It's going to be a bit fatter than a loin, but so much as say pork belly. That said, pochetta is probably a good bet. It will also lend itself to stew or braised dishes. Alternatively, it supposed to make some of the best chops one can get. Not sure how that would fly with guests though

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              Crockett67 RE: mike0989 Sep 19, 2012 05:06 AM

              I also make soup with it, but a 'white girls' verson of menudo for those who may never try it with the pork stomach.

            2. Will Owen RE: FrannieM Sep 18, 2012 06:21 PM

              I used to get pork neckbones from the Latino market down the street back when Mrs. O was still carnivorous, and use them as the base for a big pot of gumbo we would eat all week. They'd simmer with an onion and some other stock-making items until the meat was removable, then the bones would go away (sorry, dog) and then I'd add veges, chicken, whatever.

              My first encounter with them was when my dad brought a bunch home and suggested cooking them with sauerkraut like spareribs. Mom did that, and although it was the messiest meal of my childhood - utensils were useless - it was one of the most delicious. Might do that sometime when Mrs. O is out of town …

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                mike0989 RE: FrannieM Sep 18, 2012 07:08 PM

                To take it in another direction, We've made this one several times. It calls for grilling, but I'm sure it will adapt nicely to an oven


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                  FrannieM RE: mike0989 Sep 19, 2012 04:39 AM

                  Super helpful, guys, thanks. Translating meat cuts is one of the most challenging things cross-culturally!!!

                2. ipsedixit RE: FrannieM Sep 19, 2012 07:46 AM

                  Lion's Head Meatballs per Jim Leff. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/867951

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