Most people love pork knuckle, and it is nothing strange in this. Tender and succulent meat is used in many cuisines to cook a variety of dishes. Among the most interesting dishes, how to cook a pork shank, it may be noted Czech Veprevo koleno, British Pig's knuckle and, of course, the German Schweine Haxe and Eisbein.
Shank (or shank of pork) is part of the pork leg, adjacent to the knee joint. It consists predominantly of coarse muscle and connective tissue. During cutting pork semi-finished products are the boundaries separating the knee and elbow, as well as the line separating the legs. Meatier considered rear shank, so it is most prevalent.
How to cook pork knuckle?
On Shank enough meat to cook from it not only soup, but main dishes. It is known, for example, a dish like smoked knuckle, which rightly takes pride of place in the preparation of the richness of pea soup. Fresh delicious Topside can be baked in the oven, pre-boil until tender. In some recipes before boiling and baking suggestions shank marinate mixture wine or wine vinegar with water, salt and spices.
A very popular dish is the pork roll shank that taste can be compared to pork, but much softer and juicier. You can also cook boiled-smoked shin, which although can not be considered very healthy dish, but during the holidays it is possible to treat yourself to this tasty, juicy and flavorful product, supplementing it with a glass of high-quality light beer and all kinds of pickles.
Why not use a regular shin? Yes, because it is a high-calorie foods with high nutritional value. The most suitable side dish for Shank considered stewed cabbage, sour or fresh.
The composition and caloric content of pork shank
100 g pork shank contained 53 grams of water 9, 0, 8 g of ashes; Vitamins: biotin (H), tocopherol (E) and cobalamin (B12), folic acid (B9), pyridoxine (B6), pantothenic acid (B5), riboflavin (B2), thiamin (B1), niacin (PP); minerals: tin, nickel, cobalt, molybdenum, manganese, chromium, copper, fluorine, iodine, sulfur, iron, phosphorus, chlorine, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium.
Caloric pork shank is about 335 kcal per 100 g of product. Standard carcass weighs approximately 1 to 2 kg, so the preparation of one piece would be enough for a full and hearty dinner, at least two people. It should be noted that during the preparation knuckle significantly reduced in size.