For the German Eisbein you would use pork, the front or back part of the leg. In the North of Germany the meat will be cured first before it will be cooked. In the South there is no curing, it will be cooked only, and then roasted in the oven or on a grill which creates a nice, crunchy crust. See the recipe for roasted Ham Hocks here
Other names are “Scheufele, Hämmche, Bötel, Adlerhaxe and Haspel”. If done right this is a delicious meal especially during the winter months and for Oktoberfest. Happy Cooking!
Ingredients German Eisbein
1 kg Eisbein with bones
Vegetable: 2 Celery stems with leaves or 1 celery root, 2 carrots, parsley root, 1 leek
Spices: 1 bay leave, 1 tsp of salt, pepper corns, nutmeg to taste
1 bottle dark beer, optional
Cooking Instructions German Eisbein
– Chop celery, carrot, leek, parsley root into smaller pieces.
– Place the meat and vegetable into a big pan.
– Add enough water so that the meat is completely covered.
– Let it simmer for 2 hours, don’t bring to a boil, use low heat.
– The meat is done when it falls off easily from the bones.
– If you like to roast it place the Eisbein into a roasting pan for the oven and broil on 400 F for 30-45 min.
– Using the beer will help to get an extra nice crust. You would pour the beer over the meat while it’s broiling in the oven (bit by bit, not at once).
Make a Soup out of the Eisbein broth:
pea or bean soup,
potato soup or a soup with vegetable only.
Spice additionally to taste, add chopped parsley, marjoram or chives.
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