There are some recipes that are called Southern however, the Creole and Cajun culture in itself cooks different than the rest of the south. I believe this simple recipe does the heritage justice.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
6 hrs
total:
6 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Clean the chitterlings by removing all the specks and fat with specks on them. Rinse in several changes of salted water. Place them in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, drain, rinse and fill with enough water to cover again.

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  • Return to the heat and add the potato, onions, green pepper, garlic, celery and vinegar. Season with salt, bay leaf, Creole seasoning and red pepper flakes. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 3 to 4 hours. Chitterlings should appear clear to white in color.

  • Cut the chitterlings into 1 inch pieces and return to the pot. Pour out most of the cooking liquid. Discard the potato, onions, celery and bay leaf. Heat the chitterlings through and serve with your favorite side dishes. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator. Like so many other great soul food dishes, chitlins taste even better after the flavor has soaked in for a few hours.

Nutrition Facts

494 calories; protein 25.6g 51% DV; carbohydrates 6.9g 2% DV; fat 40.3g 62% DV; cholesterol 548.4mg 183% DV; sodium 946.6mg 38% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2010
In regards to removing the lining, the submitter did not include that because you are starting with frozen "cleaned" chitterlings. (See recipe above). The main lining (the most rubbery fatty layer) has already been removed. There are a few good brands. But even though they have been "cleaned" I still go through every inch and remove any specks. I also double check the lining just to make sure. A key step is to boil them after cleaning (I would boil at least 5 minutes) and then drain and start with fresh water. This will keep you from having to continuously skim the water (spooning and dumping any foamy grayish looking stuff that rises to the top of the boiling water), though there may still be a little skimming to do. Incidentally there is still another layer of lining that can be further separated leaving the chitterlings almost paper thin. However I find that the final result is while tender, much too thin. You want them tender, but you want a feel like you are eating something. One more thing. Contamination/Illness can happen. Keep kids/babies out of the kitchen and wash hands/nails, counters, etc. thoroughly after handling (use bleach). The USDA even suggest boiling for 5 minutes before cleaning, to kill bacteria (will not change flavor). It also may help the cleaning go easier. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/22/2008
I must add that cleaning chitterlings is a little more involved than removing specks, etc. There is an inner lining that is translucent and must be removed prior to cooking, resulting in an end product has never been touched by the waste material that passed through the intestines. Otherwise you cannot call them clean. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/22/2008
I must add that cleaning chitterlings is a little more involved than removing specks, etc. There is an inner lining that is translucent and must be removed prior to cooking, resulting in an end product has never been touched by the waste material that passed through the intestines. Otherwise you cannot call them clean. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2010
In regards to removing the lining, the submitter did not include that because you are starting with frozen "cleaned" chitterlings. (See recipe above). The main lining (the most rubbery fatty layer) has already been removed. There are a few good brands. But even though they have been "cleaned" I still go through every inch and remove any specks. I also double check the lining just to make sure. A key step is to boil them after cleaning (I would boil at least 5 minutes) and then drain and start with fresh water. This will keep you from having to continuously skim the water (spooning and dumping any foamy grayish looking stuff that rises to the top of the boiling water), though there may still be a little skimming to do. Incidentally there is still another layer of lining that can be further separated leaving the chitterlings almost paper thin. However I find that the final result is while tender, much too thin. You want them tender, but you want a feel like you are eating something. One more thing. Contamination/Illness can happen. Keep kids/babies out of the kitchen and wash hands/nails, counters, etc. thoroughly after handling (use bleach). The USDA even suggest boiling for 5 minutes before cleaning, to kill bacteria (will not change flavor). It also may help the cleaning go easier. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2008
This is the way we've been cooking chitlins for years up North. I didn't know we had a little Creole running through us! This is a very tasty recipe. I'll add keep rinsing the chits until the water is as clear as you can get it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2009
Basically, I like my chitlins plain...leave out the vinegar and extra spices...regular seasoning as long as they are clean is fine with me...touch not my chitlins and do my pork no harm--the Word. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2009
I don't eat chitlins but my daughter made these one year and everyone in the neighborhood raved about them. Said they were the best they ever had. And I guess cooking them this way reduced the smell in the house. Wich was a plus for me. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2006
Chitlins are the best!! thanks for this recipe. In my family we only eat chitlins during the holidays and this is a great way to cook them with some added spice. Serve over some white rice and enjoy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2010
If you have not tried this recipe then what are you waiting for? Easy to follow...deelishus. This recipe is good but my favorite is Down Home Chitterlings with a few revisions. See my review on Down Home Chitterlings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2012
I learned to clean chittlins from my grandmother she always chose the brand in the large red bucket and it took hours to clean them now that I prepare them in my own household I prefer to use Uncle Lou's brand super cleaned frozen chitterlings and this makes your preference of cleaning easier also I would like to add that there is less of a smell and more flavor when you add a touch of Allspice seasoning. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2011
OMG! These were the best chitlins ever! This was my first time attempting them for our traditional New Years dinner. Since I come from a long line of excellant soul food cooks and want to pass along the tradition to my daughter I wanted to put my best foot forward. I only cooked 10lbs. of chitlins which is 1/2 of the recipe but did not use bell pepper or bay leaf but the chitlin turned out great. However I cooked them for 7-8 hours -- I like them very tender -- and did not eat them until the next day which I think played a big part in developing the flavor. This recipe is simple and will be added to my recipe collection for the upcoming New Years I am blessed to see! Read More
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