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Pork Cottage Roll Recipe

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Pork Cottage Roll Dinner

Cottage roll, carrots, potatoes, onions and cabbage.

Cottage roll, carrots, potatoes, onions and cabbage.

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 timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour 45 min

2 hours

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

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 10 minutes. Cover the pot so the cabbage will cook faster.

Instructions - Let's Get Cooking

  1. Put the cottage roll into a large stockpot 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.

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Pork Cottage Roll

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.

Questions & Answers

Question: How long should you boil a cottage roll?

Answer: Put the cottage roll into a large stockpot and cover with water. Add the garlic cloves, peppercorns and bay leaves to the pot. Bring all of this to a boil, cover and simmer for an hour. Check the cottage roll periodically to make sure that the water is still covering the roast. If not add more water. After an hour add all of the prepared vegetables and bring to a light boil continuing to cook until the vegetables are cooked. This is for a cottage roll that is slightly over 4 pounds.

Question: Can you freeze cottage pork roll?

Answer: Yes, you can freeze but when you do go to cook it, it is best if you thaw it first.

Question: Can I cook a cottage roll in an instant pot?

Answer: I have never tried to myself but yes you can cook a pork cottage roll in an instant pot.

Question: Can you refreeze cooked cottage roll?

Answer: You can refreeze cooked meat as long as it's been cooled before going into the freezer, and it was originally defrosted in the refrigerator.

Question: Is Pork Cottage Roll salty?

Answer: No, it’s not salty.

Question: Can I soak pork cottage roll in water first to remove some of the salt?

Answer: Yes, you can soak the pork cottage roll in water overnight in the refrigerator. You can also change the water 1/2 way through cooking.

Question: Is the pork cottage roll recipe gluten-free?

Answer: Yes, I believe so.

© 2013 Susan Zutautas

Comments

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 07, 2019:

Geraldine, Thank you so much. I really appreciate you coming back to let me know.

geraldine phinney on October 07, 2019:

Wow, this was really good. Easy to prepare and so flavorful. It was tender, tender, tender. Thank you for sharing this lovely meal. Made for Think Pink 2019.

Ellen Clare on August 04, 2019:

Some slices of this cut are too fat to serve. I cut them up into small cubes along with other fat I've trimmed off and fry them at medium heat till they're deep golden brown, about 10 minutes. Stir them gently while they cook. Drain on paper towels. A delicious treat hot or cold. The rendered fat can be made into soap and the broth is good base for soup if it isn't too salty.

Sheba on May 14, 2018:

The broth makes a great base for pea soup

helen on April 05, 2018:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 19, 2018:

Thank you so much Rachel!

Rachel on January 18, 2018:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 24, 2017:

Thank you so much J.J.!

J.J, on December 22, 2017:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 04, 2017:

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

Suzie Hinson on December 04, 2017:

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.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 27, 2017:

Thanks Thelma!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on September 27, 2017:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 14, 2014:

Thanks for stopping bye another time Frank :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 13, 2014:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 23, 2014:

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

Suzie from Carson City on January 23, 2014:

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

Janey on November 10, 2013:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 07, 2013:

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

CarNoobz from USA on February 06, 2013:

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.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 28, 2013:

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.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 28, 2013:

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!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 28, 2013:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 28, 2013:

Bill, This is great! Thank you so much.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on January 27, 2013:

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.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on January 27, 2013:

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)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 27, 2013:

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".

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 27, 2013:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 27, 2013:

Barb

Pam

Susan

Genna

Thanks everyone for all of your comments.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 27, 2013:

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

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on January 25, 2013:

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!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 25, 2013:

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

b. Malin on January 24, 2013:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 24, 2013:

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

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 23, 2013:

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 :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 23, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell on January 23, 2013:

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

Eiddwen from Wales on January 23, 2013:

Another wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Eddy.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 22, 2013:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 22, 2013:

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.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 21, 2013:

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...

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on January 21, 2013:

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!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 21, 2013:

Bill, GoodLady and Carol, Thanks everyone.

carol stanley from Arizona on January 21, 2013:

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

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on January 21, 2013:

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!

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on January 20, 2013:

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!