Mr M and I bought some ham hocks from Butchers Row at Leeds Kirkgate Market. When doing so we weren’t expecting the question “would you like the trotters too?”, but we were asked and of course(?) answered with an enthusiastic “yes please”.
I am very much a nose to tail type of eater and am willing to try almost anything, but I didn’t know where to start with these. They’re a bit freaky!! And almost human looking? Shudder. I had a strange determination to overcome all of this though and after researching how best to cook them (which is to braise / slow cook) Mr M and I decided to cut down the cooking time by using the pressure cooker. BIG MISTAKE. Meat, skin, bones, toenails everywhere! Disgusting.
I think this was a particularly bad start to pig trotters, and I may work up to trying them again…. Just not quite yet! Ham hocks are a different story though – a brilliant, versatile and cheap cut to buy. More on them soon.