Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Getting a leg up on Grunauer's head cheese

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM

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No, it's not pickle loaf
​It's a couple months away yet, but Peter Grunauer, the chef-owner of the Viennese restaurant Grunauer, is already planning his Octoberfest celebration at his namesake restaurant in the Freighthouse district. Among the special dishes slated to be offered during the festivities: house-made head cheese. Which isn't, of course, cheese.

Head cheese, explains The Food Lover's Companion, is "a sausage made from the meaty bits of the head of a calf or pig (sometimes a sheep or cow) that are seasoned, combined with a gelatinous meat broth and cooked in a mold. When cool, the sausage is unmolded and thinly sliced."

Peter Grunauer serves his thin slices of this delicacy -- meaty bits in aspic -- with a red-wine vinaigiette and pumpkin-seed oil and sliced onion and peppers, sided with slices of crusty bread. But not until Octoberfest.

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