Schweinshaxen

Easier to make than pronounce

Schweinshaxen

(traditionally served with country bread and pickled sides.)

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2-3 pounds pork shank
Seasoning
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1/2 head garlic (about six cloves)
Salt and pepper, the same amount used to season soup

Directions:

Boil hind pork shank in a pot of water with caraway seeds, garlic, salt and pepper, covered for one hour. Use just enough water to submerge the shank in the pot you are using, and season water sufficiently so you don’t need to season meat again after cooking. Keep this water for stock.

After one hour, let shank cool down to room temperature.

Cut skin horizontally, approximately 1/2 inch apart, and roast at 375 degrees for 90 minutes. Use some of the stock in the bottom of the pan. You can baste, but not too much to detract from the crispiness of skin in next step.

Raise temperature to 425 degrees and crisp skin approximately 20 minutes.

Serve traditionally on a wooden platter, warm (not hot), with kraut salad, country bread, pickles, horseradish and Bavarian mustard.

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