Friday, November 20, 2009

Good Ol' Fashioned Hog Maw

The name is incredibly unappealing and the picture doesn't do it any justice, but the flavor = amazing!  Think of it as a meatloaf made with sausage...

2 pounds ground pork sausage
5 potatoes, peeled, cubed, and rinsed
20 baby carrots, sliced into coins
2 ribs celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 head cabbage, sliced, diced, however you like
Salt and Pepper

Place sausage in a large bowl.  Add each vegetable one at a time, mushing together to distribute.
Once mixed together, you have two options:  Crock Pot or Oven.
In the crock pot, cook on low for 7-8 hours.  You may want to put a little water on it if you are afraid of it getting dry.  If you are cooking in the oven, place in a casserole dish or roasting pan, and cook for 1-2 hours on 375 degrees F.  I usually throw a little salt and pepper over the top for while it cooks.  Don't salt too much, unless you know that your sausage isn't salty!

Note:  the "REAL" way to make this is to stuff your "meatloaf" into a cleaned pig's stomach to cook.  If you want to be that authentic, go ahead.  Personally, I don't like to eat that part, and find it a waste of $8 to buy something just to cook the hog maw in.

My review:  One of my favorite home cooked meals.  Being cooked in the pig's stomach will undeniably give it a better flavor, but it is still delicious when cooked just like a meatloaf!  Serve with some flaky, buttery rolls.