Sunday, June 16 2024

The origins of the Campania dish date back to ancient Naples when the table, even the poor one, did not lack rich aromas and flavors, especially in taste and imagination.

On Sundays there was absolutely no shortage of pasta with meat sauce, and after that there was always the “braciola” with slices of beef or pork “cotica,” or skin, for those who could not afford more valuable meat.


The traditional recipe is made with a few simple ingredients.

The one below is a richer version, with a mixture of meats and flavorings.

The leftover sauce makes an excellent ragout, perfect for dressing pasta, mezzani or rigatoni.

 

 

 

SERVINGS:4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 slices of pork skin (about 1/2 inch thick each)
  • Coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup beef broth or water (for cooking)
  • Cotton sewing thread

 

METHOD

  1. Preparation of pork skin slices:
    • Make sure the pork skin slices are clean and hairless.
    • With a sharp knife, score the pork skin diagonally or in diamond shapes. This will help the skin cook evenly and crisp up.
  2. Seasoning the rolls:
    • Season the pork skin slices with coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, minced garlic and parsley as in the previous recipe.
  3. Roll up the chops:
    • Tightly roll each pork skin slice, starting with the narrow end, to form a small roulade.
  4. Secure the rolls with sewing thread:
    • Cut pieces of cotton sewing thread long enough to wrap the rolls.
    • Place a piece of sewing thread under one end of the roulade and tie it tightly around the roulade to keep it closed. Be sure to leave enough space between each knot to allow for even cooking.
    • Repeat this process for each roulade, making sure they are tightly tied.
  5. Cook the rolls:
    • Proceed to cook the pork skin rolls as described in the previous recipe.
  6. Serving:
    • Once cooked, remove the seam string with clean scissors before serving the pork skin rolls.
    • Serve the rolls hot and crispy accompanied by your favorite side dishes.

By using the sewing thread, the pork skin rolls will retain their shape during cooking and be ready to be enjoyed with all their crispy, succulent goodness.

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