How to Pickle Pig’s Feet

Cooking With Kennedy, Recipes | September 27, 2016 | By

Lord knows I’m a sucker for the odd bits and pickled pieces. These check both boxes. I’ll likely revisit this recipe in a month or two aiming for a much more garlicky, spicy version of the same recipe.

Pickled Pig's Feet (Manitas en Escabeche)
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 15 min
435 calories
50 g
0 g
2 g
9 g
0 g
1713 g
3598 g
24 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1713g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 435
Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 3598mg
150%
Total Carbohydrates 50g
17%
Dietary Fiber 10g
40%
Sugars 24g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
62%
Vitamin C
778%
Calcium
26%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For Cooking
  1. 6 pig's feet, split lengthwise and cut in half (1.5kg, 3 1/4 pounds)
  2. 1½ white onions, rough chop
  3. 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  4. 1.5 tsp sea salt
  5. 1.5 tablespoon strong white vinegar
For Pickling
  1. 5 cups fruit vinegar
  2. 3 tsp dry Mexican oregano
  3. 3 bay leaves (preferably Mexican)
  4. 6 springs of fresh thyme
  5. 6 sprigs of fresh marjoram
Optional
  1. 4-10 dry chile de arbol, depending on how hot you like it
Adapted from The Art of Mexican cooking
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calories
435
fat
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protein
9g
carbs
50g
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Adapted from The Art of Mexican cooking
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To get this recipe started, you will need your pig’s feet. The easiest way to get them is from a butcher that works with the whole hog, or to head to a carniceria and ask for them cleaned, cut and split as this recipe calls for. Any good Mexican butcher will already have them fresh and ready to go as they are important for making Menudo.
Make sure the feet are completely clean. You may need to scrub them with a soap-free sponge.

Make sure the feet are completely clean. You may need to scrub them with a soap-free sponge.

Step 1:

Add the cleaned feet in a deep pan or stock pot along with onion, garlic, salt and strong vinegar. Add water to cover well and simmer until tender. Take care not to overcook them as they will fall apart.

 

Cooking pig’s feet brings out their best quality–a mix of tender textures owed to them being rich in collagen.

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Step 2:

Once the feet are cooked, Diana Kennedy calls for you to rinse them and then transfer them to a “glass or china bowl”. If you happen to buy big jars of pickles from your favorite warehouse store, these are a great size and will fit the job perfectly. Along with the feet, add the rest of the listed ingredients to the jar along with enough water to ensure the feet are completely submerged.

Pickled Pigs feet need a few days to marry flavors.

Pickled Pigs feet need a few days to marry flavors.

Refrigerate for a day or two prior to serving with a cold beer. They make a great topping for tostadas.