Pork knuckle is a traditional dish for European cuisine: it is popular in the Czech Republic, where it is served with dark beer, it is cooked in Germany, where pork is replaced by boar, and of course it cannot be overlooked in Russia. The dish is cooked very quickly, it requires minimum ingredients and is combined with almost any side dish, which allows it to become the center of a festive or everyday table.
Recipe from Julia Vysotsky
The most classic pork knuckle recipe in the oven, where there is nothing superfluous, and which everyone can modify to their liking, is a recipe from Julia Vysotskaya. In addition, if you act according to this scheme, the dish is cooked unusually quickly, and can be an ideal choice if you need to gather on the table in a short time. Your direct participation is estimated at 25-30 minutes, and the total cooking time will be 2 hours.
- Pork knuckle - 1 pc.
- Olive oil - 35 ml
- Ground pepper - ½ tsp.
- Salt - Pinch
- Bay leaf - 8 pcs.
- Garlic cloves - 3 pcs.
- New potatoes - 6-8 pcs.
- Cherry tomatoes for decoration - 3-4 pcs.
- At the starting stage, the mixture is prepared for rubbing meat: bay leaf and salt are pounded in a wooden or ceramic mortar, squeezed garlic cloves squeezed through a press or crushed are squeezed into it, and olive oil is poured on top. All components must be set aside for 5-10 minutes, so that they give each other their taste and smell.
- Pork knuckle need to hold in cold water for 15-20 minutes, then shift to a paper towel, make shallow crisscross cuts on it, and fill them with a real spicy dressing. Then, from these cuts, the dressing should be stretched all over the knuckle, carefully rubbing the seasonings into the meat. Sprinkle it with ground black pepper on top of it.
- In an oven heated to 220 degrees (with convection) or up to 250 degrees (without convection), an oven is placed on the middle level, where a pork knuckle is laid. Under the grate, you need to place a baking sheet - the fat melted from the skins will flow into it. In 10 minutes. the temperature should be lowered to 140 degrees (with convection) or to 160 degrees (without convection), and continue baking the meat for another 1 hour.
- While the knuckle is baking, water is added to a boil in a deep pan, which should be salted, and the washed, but not peeled potatoes are put into it. Boil on power slightly above average, with the lid shifted to half-ready: it takes about 20-25 minutes, after the potatoes are cut into quarters and lose the skin.
- Prepared potatoes are laid out on a baking tray that has collected fat from the knuckle. If you want a less heavy dish, the baking sheet can be changed to a clean one, pour some water into it, and then arrange the potatoes there. Together the potatoes and knuckle will be baked for another 25-30 minutes. at the same temperature.
Serve the pork knuckle according to the recipe of Julia Vysotsky recommended on a common dish, with cherry tomatoes and greens cut in halves. If you wish, potatoes can be divided not into quarters, but into thick (0.8-1 cm) plate-medallions and flavor it with your favorite seasonings.
Pork knuckle baked in the oven without cooking: a recipe with photos
Pork knuckle does not have to be cooked whole and served on a common dish: portioned large pieces look just as good, and you can decorate them much more interesting. It only remains to come up with a decent side dish to the resulting dish.
- Pork knuckle - 2 pcs.
- Carrots - 2-3 pieces.
- Garlic - 2 pcs.
- Onion - 2 pcs.
- Salt - Pinch
- Ground red pepper - 1 tsp.
- Mustard - 2 tbsp.
- Meat is soaked in cold water, especially if it was frozen: the knuckle should be soft and resist to the division into portioned parts. With a wide, sharp knife, you need to cut it into slices 1.5-2 cm in length to make a kind of "medallions", after which they are laid out on a plastic grid so that the glass is water.
- Garlic is cut with small and thin circles, onion in half rings. Carrots are washed, cleaned and rubbed through the grater to make a gruel. It should be mixed with chopped garlic and mustard.
- The meat is rubbed with salt and pepper, each piece closer to the bone is filled with the mixture obtained earlier from carrots, garlic and mustard. Parts of pork knuckle are laid out in a glass form, onion half rings are distributed between them and on them. Bake pork knuckle at a temperature of 150 degrees (with convection) or 170 degrees (without convection) should be 1 h 20 min., After which it should be shifted to the grid, and raise the temperature of the oven to 190 degrees (with convection). Or you can set the grill mode. Bringing pork shank to readiness will occur within 15-20 minutes.
The number of garlic cloves can vary at your discretion, as well as mustard can be replaced with soy sauce or honey. For lovers of more spicy and less spicy food, red pepper is replaced by turmeric and basil.
Bake a fragrant and juicy roll in foil
If you have enough time for a full-fledged marinating meat, as well as its cooking, you can resort to a more complex recipe for cooking pork shank in the oven. The meat according to this scheme is very tender and juicy, and if a crisp is needed, it is always easy to create it through the grill mode.
- Pork knuckle - 1 pc.
- Salt - Pinch
- Nutmeg 1 ½ tsp.
- Ginger root - 1 pc.
- Honey - 3 tbsp.
- Soy sauce - 1 tbsp.
- Onions - 2 pcs.
- Celery root - 1 pc.
- Salt is poured into a pot of boiling water, peeled, but not chopped onions and whole celery root are laid. Vegetables need to boil for 10-12 minutes before lowering the washed pork knuckle there. The power of the burner is reduced to a minimum, the pan is covered with a lid, the meat is cooked for 80-90 minutes.
- When the knuckle reaches the state of half-ready, it is removed and shifted into a deep bowl. In a separate container mixed ground or chopped ginger root, liquid honey, soy sauce and nutmeg. This mixture should be grated pork shank, after which it is removed in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours.
- Pickled shank wrapped in foil and placed on a baking sheet or in a deep container, which is placed in a preheated to 170 degrees oven. Ensure that the seam on the foil is located at the top: after 50 minutes. after the start of baking, the foil will need to be opened to redden the meat a little. The total time of roasting pork knuckle in foil is 70-80 minutes, but it depends on the power of your oven.
If you want to add Czech notes to the recipe, replace the soy sauce with dark beer to pickle the shank. And also pour in 20-30 ml of beer every 30 minutes. from the beginning of baking dishes. As for the side dish, boiled potatoes, sour cabbage or a simple vegetable salad are ideal for pork shank.