Until about a month ago, I have never even heard of headcheese. I had a friend ask me if I had ever seen it?
"That would be 'No!'" was my answer.
She kept telling me I had to see it. So yesterday, she lured me to the grocery store for the sole purpose of looking at headcheese. To be honest, I am not even sure she knew what headcheese was (bless her heart), she just knew it looked gross. The name alone should tell you to steer clear.
Do you know what headcheese is? It's pork tongue! Pork tongue made into a sort of loaf that you can walk up to the deli and order. "How would you like that sliced? Thick or thin?" (Barf)
Here is a more descriptive explanation of headcheese:
Head cheese, also called souse and brawn, is a jellied loaf or sausage. Originally it was made entirely from the meaty parts of the head of a pig or calf, but now can include edible parts of the feet, tongue, and heart. The head is cleaned and simmered until the meat falls from the bones, and the liquid is a concentrated gelatinous broth. Strained, the meat is removed from the head, chopped, seasoned and returned to the broth and the whole placed in a mold and chilled until set, so it can be sliced.
Boars Head... that's the brand name I saw on that headcheese package yesterday. I thought they prided themselves on quality meat. I was wrong. They have no standards if they will stoop to this level.
I am so disturbed by this that I can hardly write about it. I don't eat pork. (As a matter of fact, I adhere to Old Testament dietary food laws... in case I haven't mentioned that before.) So, I have a hard enough time seeing a pork roast or a pork chop. While searching for pictures of headcheese yesterday, I saw one discription that said... now with extra gullet. Do you know what gullet is?
Gullet-the tube by which food passes from the mouth to the stomach.
Hold on... I've gotta go hurl.
Headcheese... it's official. I've see it all now.
Please. Please tell me you have never eaten headcheese!
If you look closely, you can see the tongues.