Pork Eisbein is a delicious meal that is prepared by turning tough pork into tender meat. In this article, we discuss how to cook Eisbein in a slow cooker. Eisbein can be cooked in several ways; for example, by smoking or roasting. Often, it is served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. The recipe on how to cook Eisbein in a slow cooker is easy to follow. Additionally, the ingredients are available in the local shops.
Keep scrolling and learn how to make your favorite meal.
Eisbein recipe slow cooker
- 3 cups of sauerkraut
- 2 teaspoons caraway seed
- 2 teaspoons juniper berries
- 1 white onion, medium sized
- 4 cups beef stock
- 1 cup amber or dark beer
- 2 cured or fresh pork knuckles or 4 ham hocks
- 2 apples
- 3 bay leaves
Procedure on how to cook Eisbein
1. The first step to prepare Eisbein is by rinsing the sauerkraut. Put the sauerkraut in a strainer, and run water over it. Ensure that the water drains. Then, transfer the sauerkraut into a slow cooker. You can also use cooking spray in to fasten the cleaning process.
The main aim of rinsing the sauerkraut is to ensure that the flavor does not become too strong once the Eisbein is cooked.
2. After that, prepare the onions and the apples. Dice the onions into small pieces using a sharp knife, and cut one of the apples into pieces of 2.5 cm. Grate the other apple and add these ingredients to the slow cooker. It is important to note that you can use any kind of apple that you prefer. However, tart apples provide the best flavors for Eisbein. You can also use dried onions instead of fresh ones.
3. Add the 4 cups pf beef stock into the slow cooker. If you want a rich flavor, add dark beer or amber. Stir the mixture properly so that all the ingredients can blend in.
4. Add the ham hocks or the pork knuckles into the slow cooker.
5. Add the bay leaves, caraway seeds and the juniper seeds in the slow cooker such that they cover the pork.
6. Cover the slow cooker. Let the Eisbein cook for 8 hours under low heat. Remember, you want the meat to be tender as well as absorb the different flavors from the ingredients. As such, you need to give it time.
7. Your Eisbein will be ready in 8 hours. In case you are wondering what to serve with Eisbein, you can try potato dumplings, mustard, and sauerkraut.
Coking Eisbein with a slow cooker can take quite some time, but the result is a meal that is irresistible because it is delicious.
There are several Eisbein recipe South Africa. You can also try preparing pickled Eisbein, crispy Eisbein, and smoked Eisbein. Let’s look at how a smoked Eisbein is cooked.
How to cook smoked eisbein
- Smoked Eisbein, 700g
- Oil, 3 tbsp
- Oxtail stock, 3 cups
- Malt beer, 1 cup
- 2 onions,
- 2 cloves of garlic,
- Granulated beef stock, 1 tsp
- Drained Sauerkraut, 2 cups
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- Salt and pepper
- 5 potatoes
- Butter, 30 g
- Milk, ½ cup
- Pour oil in a large pot and let it heat.
- Place the Eisbein in the pot and let it fry on all sides until it becomes brown. This takes about 5 minutes.
- Place the fried Eisbein in a warm place. You can keep it in the oven.
- Add finely chopped onions into the pot and keep stirring, and then cover the pot.
- Chop the garlic and braise it for a few seconds.
- Add the Eisbein back into the pot.
- Pour the malt beer, beef stock, and the oxtail stock. Let the mixture simmer while covered with a lid for 1.5 hours, and keep turning it so that it can cook evenly.
- Remove the sauce and let it cool for some few minutes and then blend it.
- Add the other ingredients of salt and pepper to your taste. Also, determine if the meat has become tender.
- Cover the pot and let the meat continue boiling. You should let it simmer for around 40 minutes.
- Boil the potatoes for about 25 minutes in another pot.
- Pour the water and add the milk, butter and salt to that pot
- Mash the potatoes properly and cover it until when you want to serve the dish.
- Put the sauerkraut in a pan and pour stock on it. Let the mixture boil for around 20 minutes.
- Drain all the liquid.
- Remove the Eisbein, cut it into small portions and serve it with the mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.
There are several ways of cooking the Eisbein as is illustrated above. It is advisable to try out different methods so as to spice up things in the kitchen and to avoid the monotony of cooking a specific meal.
When cooking a crispy Eisbein for instance, the goal is to make the meat tasty and crispy. Therefore, you will have to place it on the grill until it becomes crispy to your liking. Pickled Eisbein, on the other hand, requires that the meat is soaked overnight before being cooked.
One thing you will notice about Eisbein, whether you want it smoked, pickled, glazed or crispy is that the meat has to be boiled for quite some time so that it can become tender. The time can be long especially when cooking with a slow cooker as has been illustrated in the how to cook Eisbein in a slow cooker recipe above.