Hog Head Cheese

  • Yield : 60
  • Servings : 60
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 2:0 h
  • Ready In : 2:30 h
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For those who want some hog head cheese (also known as “souse”) but can’t get to a boucherie or are away from home, you can generally find what you need to make this at most Chinese or Hispanic markets (or look for 99 Ranch market stores). The pig’s foot provides the gelatin that sets the cheese. Served on crispy crackers, it’s quite good.


  • 10 cups water
  • 2 1/2 lbs pork meat or the hog's head
  • 1 pig's foot
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 lb onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp celery flakes
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp red pepper


Step 1

Clean the hog head by removing eyes, ears and brains. Saw into 4 pieces.

Step 2

Measure water into 5-quart saucepot. Add the hog head, pork meat, pig's foot, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook until meat is tender and the pig's foot and head can easily be boned. Approximately 3 cups of liquid should remain in saucepot.

Step 3

Add chopped onions, parsley flakes, celery flakes, chopped green onions, and the remaining teaspoon of salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the meat from the liquid (but reserve the liquid). Debone the meat. Place meat in the food processor, chop well but don't puree.

Step 5

Mix together the chopped ingredients and the reserved liquid. Pour into 9x13 pan. Chill thoroughly and serve on crackers (I like it with saltines) or with boudin. Makes 60 servings of 2 tablespoons each.

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