Before sale, the trotters are cleaned and typically have the hairs pulled with a hot tank and beaters. They are often used in cooking to make stocks, as they add thickness to gravy, although they are also served as a normal cut of meat.
Chef Marco Pierre White has long served trotters at his restaurants, based on the original recipe of mentor Pierre Koffmann. In the New York City restaurant Hakata Tonton, 33 of the 39 dishes served contain pig's trotters.
Following the late-2000s financial crisis, there has been a boom in popularity of pig's trotters in the United Kingdom as a revival in cheap meat recipes occurred. In 2008, British supermarket Waitrose reintroduced trotters to its stores, and found that they quickly became popular. In 2009, Pierre Koffmann set up a pop-up restaurant, and found that diners ate an entire month's stock of 500 pig's trotters in less than a week.
In Norwegian tradition pigs feet are salted and boiled and served as syltelabb. This is a pre Christmas dish because the pig was slaughtered before Christmas, and everything was used. Today syltelabb is for enthusiasts.
Recipes and combinations
- Bean crock (les pais au fou) in Jersey, Channel Islands
- Cappello da prete in Modena, Italy
- Cotechino in Modena, Italy
- Crubeens in Ireland
- Pied de cochon in Sainte-Menehould, France
- Tebichi in Okinawa, Japan
- Tom tin moo in Laos
- Crispy pata, paksiw na pata, and patatim in the Philippines
- Zampone in Modena, Italy
- Manitas de cerdo in Spain
- Jokbal in Korea
- Souse in Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Spitzbein or Pfoten in German, known as golonka in Polish
- Syltelabb is a traditional Norwegian dish
- Kha mu, lit. "pigs' feet" in Thailand influenced by Chinese stewed pork
- Patitas con maní and Sarza de patitas in Peru
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