Polish Pork Aspic {Galareta z Nóżek; Zimne Nóżki; Zimne Nogi; Studzienina}

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Polish Pork Aspic {Galareta z Nóżek; Zimne Nóżki; Zimne Nogi; Studzienina}

Galareta z nóżek [gah-lah-reh-tah z noo-gek], zimne nóżki [zyee-mneh noo-g-kee] or zimne nogi [zyee-mneh no-gee] are all terms describing one very traditional Polish dish. Galareta literally means “jello” but I don’t think that describes the dish accurately as most people think of jello as sweet (outside Poland, that is). Zimne nogi = cold feet! 😁 Also, very unconventional name for a dish. But I guess unconventional dish gets an unconventional name.

I’m sure you’ve noticed, that Poles are very inventive with stretching their food. We don’t only suspend pork in gelatin, we do it to chicken [my recipe here] and also fish [my recipe here], all of which I enjoy. 

Both pork and chicken aspics are always made for Easter in my home, along with many other traditional Polish Easter dishes. Fresh sausage,  liver pate, vegetable salad along with traditional Easter desserts will be prepared. Check out the EASTER section of my blog for a full spread of Easter recipes.

Polish Pork Aspic {Galareta z Nóżek; Zimne Nóżki; Zimne Nogi; Studzienina}

Polish Pork Aspic {Galareta z Nóżek; Zimne Nóżki; Zimne Nogi}

  • Yields: Two loaf pans
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 4 hrs

Ingredients

  • 2 pigs feet (about 2 lbs / 1 kg)
  • About 2 lbs / 1 kg of unsmoked ham hocks
  • 8 cups / 2 liters of water
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1/4 of a celery root
  • 1 medium onion (burnt over gas burner or on a dry frying pan)
  • 10 allspice and peppercorn seeds each
  • 4-5 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp of salt + 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed + 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp of ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of dried marjoram

Instructions

  1. Wash pork and place in a large stock pot with water, carrots, parsnip, celery root, onion, allspice, peppercorns, bay leaves, 2 tsp of salt and 4 crushed garlic cloves. Bring to boil, turn heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Take out vegetables and continue simmering for another 2-3 hours, or until meat is tender and falling off the bone.

  2. Remove meat from stock and set aside until cool enough to manage.

  3. In the meantime, strain stock, slice vegetables and mince garlic. Add vegetables, garlic, pepper and marjoram to stock. Taste. Add a bit more salt (I added another 1 tsp), if needed. Once meat has cooled off, take off the bone and remove some of the fat. Slice meat, skin and return to stock. I used most of the meat, fat and skin, minus the skin around the hooves.

  4. Pour into containers. You can use sanitized jars (pour liquid while hot) and seal with lids, or any container, glass, plastic, metal or ceramic. I'm using metal loaf pans. Cool at room temperature until cold and then transfer to the fridge.

Notes

Enjoy with bread, garnished with vinegar or lemon juice and/or horseradish.

I like to eat it with my home-made super spicy horseradish [my recipe here].

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Smacznego!

Anna


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9 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness. I just found your blog via Pinterest (looking for Polish Easter food!) and I am so thrilled. This recipe was a favorite of my grandfather’s but for the life of me I couldn’t remember the name and when I’ve tried to describe it to people they were sure I must have been imagining it! I’ll be visiting often!

  2. So glad i found this, my Polish mother passed away (94 ) the day before Christmas and i was searching for a Galareta Recipe , for days , I will enjoy this with fond memories of my mother . THANK YOU SO MUCH . I will have tos search your site for blood sausage recipe next.

  3. Parsnip? Really?

    Don’t use a parsnip. You will spoil it.
    This suppose to be a parsley root, I think.
    BIG difference.

    1. Masz rację Jurek , tzn. nie zepsuje galarety dodając pasternak ale korzeń pietruszki daje więcej smaku , przyznam ze wielu ludzi ludzi myli parsnip z parsley root.

  4. I’m making this now for the first time ever for a Polish Style Easter! I’m also going to make your Rye Bread, Zurek, and Chicken/Mushroom Pate =)

    During the simmering phases of this Aspic recipe is the pot covered, uncovered, or half covered with a lid? I did half covered but would like to know for next time. Thanks! Would love a video of you making this one!

  5. Growing in Argentina as an orphan, we migrated from Nowopole I rejoined the Polish at 16 with my Auntie Honorcha and I got familiar with galareta, pierowski, salted herring with fermented onion, delicious! As well I played the violin by ear a tradition in the family, my uncle Damasek played the chromatic accordion those fast mazurkas and polonaises
    Good on you the keep the food traditions
    Genkuie- Stacz
    From Perth Western Australia

  6. Not Easter but I spied some pigs feet and hocks at the store yesterday and I remembered your video, so I bought them and made the Galereta for today! It’s been several years since I made it. Excellent recipe. Thanks, Anna!

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