Capello di Preite (Priest's Hat)

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 15 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 2 hr
 
YIELD: 6 servings
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ingredients

  • 1 square pork skin, measuring 7 by 7 inches
  • 1/2 pound combined ground pork shoulder
  • 1/2 pound pancetta, ground through largest holes at butcher shop
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • SCANT PINCH OF THE FOLLOWING SPICES:
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        Directions

        Lay the skin flat on the work surface. In a large bowl, combine the meat and fat and spices. Place the mixture in the center of the square and, using a trussing needle and butcher's twine or sausage casing that has been twisted into a thread, fold the square and sew it to resemble a 3-cornered priest's hat, making sure that all the filling is well-encased within the skin.

        Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil. Prick the outside of the capello lightly with the needle, taking care not to completely puncture the skin. Wrap the capello in cheesecloth and boil, covered for 2 hours -- adding more water if necessary. Drain, pat dry, remove from the cheesecloth and serve in thick slices.

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