Pork cheese is anything but cheese, as it is not extracted from cow’s milk and is not considered dairy; we tell you what it is
Many of the tortas eaten in Mexico have pork cheese, as it is an ingredient enjoyed by young and old.
Pork cheese is anything but cheese, but … do you really know what it is? Next we will tell you.
Pork cheese is anything but cheese, as it is not extracted from cow’s milk and is not considered dairy. Its origin dates from the Middle Ages.
It is considered as aspic of meat made from the head of a calf or a pig; also called: head cheese.
What is pork cheese?
It is a sausage made with a pig’s head; however, the recipes change depending on the region where they are made, in some, they include another part of the animal’s body such as the leg or the heart, so their texture can also vary.
This peculiar food is eaten in the center of the country, the most common is to eat it in tortas with cheese. In the State of Mexico, it is made in greater quantity, since it is said that its true origin is found in that place, also most of the consumption occurs in Mexico.
The most common and traditional recipe is one where the meat is cooked with onion, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, garlic, cloves, and marjoram. When the meat is cooked it separates from the bones and cooks again, this time with garlic, pepper, thyme, marjoram, cloves, oregano, and bay leaf.
Take it off the heat, let it cool, drain it and let it rest for a whole day, later it can be eaten in pieces or slices .
In San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, the preparation is very old, since it includes the head, ears, and tongue of the pig. It is fried and wrapped in a blanket to give it a round shape, squeezed and drained to remove as much fat as possible.
The pork cheese in Centla
The typical food of Tabasco combines pre-Hispanic culinary influences of the Mayan and Chontal cultures in Tabasco.
Visiting the municipality of Centla; Pako Messa shares an interview with the “Pork Cheese”#SoEsMiGente
Now that you know what pork cheese is, do you dare to eat another torta?