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Home made souse from scratch. Dad's variation of an old family favorite. Spiced just right.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
2 hrs
cook:
2 hrs 30 mins
additional:
10 hrs
total:
14 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 loaves
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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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  • Place tongues, pig's ears, pig's feet, and onions in a large stock pot; add water to cover. Season with salt, pepper, whole peppercorns, sage, cloves, bay leaves, pickling spice, garlic powder and vinegar. Bring to a boil, and cook until meat is cooked, about 2 1/2 hours.

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  • Remove meat; set aside to cool. Strain broth, and measure 8 cups into another pot. Return broth to stove, and let simmer.

  • Peel skin from ears, leaving the ear as intact as possible. Place the ears aside. Remove gristle and fat from pig's feet, and combine with ear trimmings. Cut off large portion of tongue and set aside. Trim loose meat from remainder of tongue, and combine with other trimmings. Put trimmings through a coarse meat grinder, then stir into broth; continue to simmer.

  • Slice tongues into thin strips, and place lengthwise into 2 glass loaf pans, 9x5x3 inches. Slice ears into thin strips, then cut the strips into 1/2 inch pieces. Arrange the ear pieces among the tongue strips. Divide the pimiento and pepperoncini between the two molds. Sprinkle with pickle relish.

  • Dissolve gelatin in 1 cup water. Stir into the simmering broth. Carefully ladle enough broth into each mold to completely cover the meat. Prod with a fork to uniformly distribute. Let stand 15 minutes, then cover with remaining broth. Allow to cool at room temperature, until they begin to jell, 2 to 3 hours. Refrigerate for 8 to 10 hours.

  • When cool, run a thin knife around the sides of the mold to release the souse. Remove any fat that has accumulated on the surface.

Nutrition Facts

599 calories; protein 41.9g; carbohydrates 12.7g; fat 40.9g; cholesterol 221.1mg; sodium 1337.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2008
this was really tasty but my friend hassan refused to touch it. perhaps there is a better way to present it? Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/04/2017
I don't know where this recipe comes from with all due respect. Some of these ingredients are outrageous. I'll try it though and report back. Good luck to everyone. Read More
(1)
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2008
this was really tasty but my friend hassan refused to touch it. perhaps there is a better way to present it? Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2015
Sounds bad tastes great. Read More
(1)
Rating: 1 stars
09/04/2017
I don't know where this recipe comes from with all due respect. Some of these ingredients are outrageous. I'll try it though and report back. Good luck to everyone. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2020
This delicious. It is well worth the investment in time and effort. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
07/28/2019
My mother used to make this but would use a pork roast or butt never feet or tongue. To the meat she would add olives with pimento capers pickles lemon slices on top. She would refrigerate it and then slice and serve on rye bread. Read More