The Cottage Smallholder


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Pigs’ cheeks braised in apples and cider. Slow cooker/crock pot recipe.

pigs in sty

pigs in sty

The Chicken Lady, who writes the excellent blog Kitty’s Super Allotment, was cooking pigs’ cheeks with apples when I popped in a few weeks ago.
“I think that the butcher just sliced them off the head. Look there’s a piece of ear.”
Initially I felt a bit squirmy about tasting this dish. But these were quite delicious – the skin crispy yet soft and the meat similar to slow cooked belly of pork.

Celia from Purple Podded Peas had mentioned pigs’ cheeks to me ages ago and I’d forgotten all about them. In fact at the time I secretly thought.