Pork Cottage Roll Recipe

Updated on September 26, 2017
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Pork Cottage Roll Dinner

Cottage roll, carrots, potatoes, onions and cabbage.
Cottage roll, carrots, potatoes, onions and cabbage. | Source

What is a Pork Cottage Roll?

A pork cottage roll is from the pork shoulder. It is cured in a brine made with water, salt, sugar, sodium erythorbate, sodium tripolyphosphate, and sodium nitrite. It is covered in a string mesh that holds it together while the meat is cooking. Basically it is a pickled boneless pork shoulder roast.

How do you cook a Pork Cottage Roll?

There are various ways to cook the cottage roll. It can be smoked, boiled, or baked. Another way to cook the meat is to first boil it for an hour, remove it from the pot, and then brush the meat with a sauce. You then bake it for half an hour in the oven.

Personally, I like to boil mine as if I were making a corned beef and cabbage dinner.

What Does It Taste Like?

If you are familiar with and like the taste of peameal bacon (a.k.a. Canadian bacon), you'll like Cottage Roll. It is not as lean as peameal, however. Now as far as the texture goes, it is somewhere in between peameal bacon and ham.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: Will serve 6 people

Ingredients

  • Pork Cottage Roll (The one pictured here below is slightly over 4 pounds)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves cut in half or quartered
  • 14 peppercorns
  • 1 large onion quartered and quartered again
  • 5 carrots peeled and either cut into bite size pieces or quartered lengthwise
  • 4-5 large potatoes washed and cut into serving sizes
  • 1 small to medium cabbage cut into pieces

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This is what the pork cottage roll looks like in the grocery store.Cover the cottage roll with water.2 bay leaves, pepper corns and garlic clovesAll in one pot mealRemoving the mesh
This is what the pork cottage roll looks like in the grocery store.
This is what the pork cottage roll looks like in the grocery store.
Cover the cottage roll with water.
Cover the cottage roll with water.
2 bay leaves, pepper corns and garlic cloves
2 bay leaves, pepper corns and garlic cloves
All in one pot meal
All in one pot meal
Removing the mesh
Removing the mesh | Source

If you find that there is not enough room for all the vegetables in the pot the cabbage can be cooked at the last minute. Remove the pork cottage roll and set on a plate. After you've removed the mesh cover it with foil. Remove the carrots, potatoes, and onions and set in a covered dish to keep warm. Add the cabbage to the pot and cook on high for ten minutes. Cover the pot so the cabbage will cook faster.

Instructions - Let's Get Cooking

  1. Put the cottage roll into a large stock pot and cover with water.
  2. To the pot add the garlic cloves, peppercorns and bay leaves.
  3. Bring all of this to a boil, cover and simmer for an hour. Check the roast periodically to make sure that the water is still covering the roast. If not add more water.
  4. While your cottage roll is cooking, clean, cut, and prepare the carrots, onion, potatoes and cabbage.
  5. After an hour add all of the prepared vegetables and bring to a light boil continuing to cook until the vegetables are cooked.
  6. Remove the cottage roll from the pot and remove the mesh by cutting and pulling it a bit.
  7. Remove vegetables and put into a serving dish.
  8. Slice the cottage roll, serve and ENJOY!
  9. Dijon or your favorite mustard goes quite nicely with the meat.


If this recipe looks like something you may like please rate it accordingly

3.9 stars from 59 ratings of Pork Cottage Roll

Pork Cottage Roll

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 (100 grams)
Calories 260
Calories from Fat198
% Daily Value *
Fat 22 g34%
Saturated fat 9 g45%
Protein 13 g26%
Cholesterol 65 mg22%
Sodium 1090 mg45%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Soup Base

The liquid that is left in the pot after everything is cooked and removed makes a great soup base that you may want to save for the following day.

Simply heat and add leftover meat from the cottage roll along with fresh frozen or leftover vegetables. If there are no leftovers make a chicken soup or a bean soup with the broth.

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        helen 2 weeks ago

        The broth from making cottage roll is awesome for making pea soup.

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        Susan Zutautas 3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you so much Rachel!

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        Rachel 3 months ago

        Fantastic reminder recipe of my childhood days! Love the Website format as well.

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        Susan Zutautas 4 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you so much J.J.!

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        J.J, 4 months ago

        I love the recipe It's easy and best of all the leftovers are even better

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        Susan Zutautas 4 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        So glad that your guests and you liked the recipe. Thanks for letting me know. I'll have to try it your way soon.

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        Suzie Hinson 4 months ago

        I made it for dinner last evening..after boiling n the slow cooker I spread Dijon mustard and honey on it and baked the for an hour At 350F. I serve it with mashed and veg. I am keeping the broth, carrots and onions for soup. It was a first for me and all the guests and we all liked it.

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        Susan Zutautas 6 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thanks Thelma!

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        Thelma Alberts 6 months ago from Germany

        Yummy ! Thanks for sharing. This is an easy meal to make.

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        Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thanks for stopping bye another time Frank :)

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        Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

        I know I checked this out before. but still mmm..:)

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        Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        OH! Sweet I'll go and see if I can find it.

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        Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        HI Susan!! I posted a picture of my twin Grandsons on the thread!! Hope you come across it!!!

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        Janey 4 years ago

        I make pork cottage roll and the sides dishes are always baked beans and scalope potatoes

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        CarNoobz, I hope you enjoy it if you do happen to make it.

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        CarNoobz 5 years ago from USA

        Yeah, that's what I was thinking too "corned beef and cabbage". My wife makes that all the time (the corned beef), but we should try it with pork shoulder. Sounds tasty.

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        vespawoolf, Don't feel embarrassed ... seems like many people have never heard of pork cottage roll. Seems to be a Canadian dish :) Yes it is very similar to corn beef and cabbage in the way it is prepared.

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        vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

        I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never heard of pork cottage roll, but I'm sure it's delicious. It sounds something like corned beef, especially since it's served with potatoes and cabbage. I hope to try it! Thanks for another great recipe!

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Sharon, If you do make your Mom's recipe for Cottage Ham I'm sure your Dad would love it.

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Bill, This is great! Thank you so much.

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        Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

        Looks good SZ! My mom used to make "cottage ham", similar to your recipe here with the cabbage and potatoes. Although I've made many of my mom's recipes since she's been gone, this is one that I haven't. Bet my dad would love it.

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        WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        Hi Susan. I found this brine recipe for making your own:

        Sweet Pickled Cottage Roll

        Cottage Roll Brine

        (Basic Sweet Brine for One Gallon)

        1 gallon of water

        1 cup Kosher salt

        1 cup dark brown sugar

        1 tsp of Cure # 1 (pink salt) per 5 pounds of meat

        Brine for 5-8 Days

        From here you can change to your taste.

        1 tbsp. allspice

        1 tbsp. juniper berries

        1 tbsp. whole corriander seed

        1 tbsp. whole black pepper

        1 tbsp whole cloves

        5 whole bay leaves

        (alternately, you can use 5 tbsp. of pickling spice instead of the above spice combination)

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        drbj, I've trying to find another name that others would recognize this meat by and all I've come up with so far is "Cottage Ham".

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        drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

        What an interesting recipe, Susan, and completely new to me. Surprising since pork is my favorite white meat. Thanks for the newsflash.

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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        Thanks everyone for all of your comments.

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        Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Delicious, Susan. This is the first time I have heard of a pork cottage roll, and it looks so tempting! :-)

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        Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

        I have never heard of a pork cottage roll. I want to keep an eye out for it because it looks delicious!!

        Thanks for sharing!

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        Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

        As always Susan, this looks like another great recipe. I think we will be trying this one also. Thanks.

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        b. Malin 5 years ago

        Hi Susan, you always know how to make an unfamiliar Dish sounds Delicious! I'd be tempted to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Frank, Seems like a lot of people have never heard of Cottage Roll. Must be a Canadian thing :) Thanks though.

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        Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

        Justask I have never heard of Pork Cottage Roll dinner and I voted as such but nevertheless I think Ill give this a shot the plate picture looks good..so yeah :)

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Eddy, Thanks!

        Glimmera Twin Fan, I'll have to see if I can find a link to a recipe for the brine, and post it in this hub so that everyone that wants to try my cottage roll recipe can.

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        Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

        Interesting. I have never heard of a pork cottage roll and not sure if I could find that here. Love Canadian Bacon though. Thanks.

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        Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

        Another wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

        Eddy.

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Ruby, Thanks .... seems all I do is cook but that's okay because I'm happiest when I'm cooking or writing.

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        RH, Thanks. I'm trying to remember if we ever had this while we were living in the states. Might be that it is a Canadian thing .... Cottage Roll that is. But I have seen recipes before for the brine so all you'd need is a shoulder roast along with the brine.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

        I have never heard of this but it looks very delicious. I bet your house smells good all the time with all of your good recipes. Thank's again...

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        Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        I've never heard of such a thing! I guess we don't call it that? I get pork butt and shoulder cuts? It sounds great though!

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Bill, GoodLady and Carol, Thanks everyone.

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        carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

        This sounds really delicious and it is certainly different from what I have cooked before. Going to try. Voting up and pinning.

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        Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

        My kind of dish and I'd love to make it. As your last commenter said, the shoulder is wonderful. Not sure I can find this in my country, but when i come over to the States, I'll look out for it. Thanks. Voting!

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        WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        This sounds great! The shoulder, in my mind, is the very best cut of pork, so I'm always looking for new ways to use it.

        Great Hub!

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