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Pigskin Meatballs

Pigskin Meatballs


  • 2 large Russet potatoes

  • 1 pork butt/shoulder (2 pounds)

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed

  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic

  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil

  • 1 warm lager beer

  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/3 cup Tamari (dark soy sauce)

  • 1 1/2 cups cloudy apple cider

  • 1 sprig rosemary

  • 2 round tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 8 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and finely chopped

  • 4 scallions, whites and greens finely chopped


Pre-heat the oven to 425°F. Clean the potatoes and rub with oil, salt and pepper. Prick all over with a fork and roast for 50-60 minutes to tender; let cool. Lower the oven heat to 325°F. Season the pork with salt, pepper, fennel seed, garlic and onion. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add the meat and brown on all sides. Remove the meat to a plate and deglaze the pot with beer. Reduce by half, then add the Worcestershire sauce, Tamari, cider and rosemary and bring to a simmer. Add the pork, then cover and roast until very tender, 2-2 1/2 hours. Cool the pork completely in the pot. Once cool, shred the pork, then finely chop and place in a bowl. Add a ladle of cooking liquid and the Dijon. Rice the potatoes and add to the meat along with the egg, cheddar, sour cream, bacon bits and scallions. Mix and roll into 2-inch football-shaped meatballs with two large spoons. Place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Raise the heat on the oven to 400°F and roast the pigskin meatballs for 20-25 minutes, until crispy.