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Traditional German Schweinhaxe Recipe

Ingredients

1 carrot, diced
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 leek, chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
2 meaty pork knuckles
2 lard or oil
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
salt to taste
125ml  beer
1 pinch ground cumin
rosemary sprig

Method:

Place the carrot, onion, leek, celery, and pork knuckles into a large stockpot. Throw in the peppercorns, and season with salt to taste. Add enough water to the pot to cover the vegetables. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 hours, or until everything is tender. Remove the knuckles from the water, and drain. Reserve vegetables and cooking liquid.Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F ( 220 degrees C). Melt the lard in an enamel coated cast iron baking dish or pan. Place the drained pork knuckles, cooked vegetables, and about 2 cups of the cooking liquid into the pan.Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. During the last 10 minutes, sprinkle with beer in which a good amount of salt has been dissolved. Dust lightly with cumin to increase flavor and add the rosemary. Serve with potato puree or bread dumplings, and sauerkraut . In Bavaria, the cooking liquid and juices are strained, and served as an accompanying sauce

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