For a very short time, Bon Me will have head cheese on the truck! Say what?! Head cheese, you know, meat gelatin terrine made from the head of a calf or pig’s head? That’s right, we made meat gelatin in the Bon Me kitchen, courtesy of Kristen, who raised the pig and has been an employee with us since day one. This was our first attempt at headcheese: We butchered and cleaned a pig’s head, simmered it for a long time with spices and a few aromatics. Then we pulled everything off the bone and placed it into a third pan with a little of the broth that the pig’s head simmered in. Into the fridge it went, and now we have a loaf of headcheese in all it’s gelatinous, piggy glory.
Before, after, and in between pictures. (Warning: some of these pictures may be a bit “graphic” for some of you out there, so here’s your chance to not look.)
last step: ladling piggy broth over head cheese
Kristen working with the pig's head
this is how it all started