Pigs Feet Crock Pot Recipe: Simple French Comfort Food

By La Cuisinière | French Country Cuisine Recipes

Jan 25
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Pigs Feet Crock Pot Recipe – Due to recent technical issues, we had to re-write our original post titled Pigs Feet In White Wine.  Only the recipe formatting has changed.  This hiccup also made us aware that none of the recipes could be printed!

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While we are on the topic of pig trotters, here is another home-style recipe from our French Country Cuisine collection you may be interested in preparing some day.

Pig’s Feet In The Crock Pot? Mais Oui!


Here’s how to cook fresh pigs feet in a slow cooker.

In the process of preparing the recipe and taking new photos, we realized that we never mentioned the carrots!  Quel désastre!

The ingredients are the same as the original recipe but this time we made sure to add the carrots – a minor faux pas that does not make a bit of difference whether you prepare it in a crock pot or a stove top Dutch oven.

My Grandmère did not have a mijoteuse (aka crock pot or slow cooker) when she prepared pig’s feet for dinner.  All she had was a well worn heavy duty cast iron Fait Tout (this one looks like an incredible piece of cookware to add to any kitchen).  Leave that pan on the old wood stove long enough and it becomes the ultimate slow cooker.

Not Everyone’s Idea Of A Favorite Dish?

However, this part of the pig is not exactly a strange ingredient in a variety of recipes in nearly all cuisines – from Southern, Cajun or Chinese style, to pickled and stewed.

I’ve seen pig’s feet in supermarkets as a snack food and if a recipe for pig’s feet can even grace the cooking pages of the New York Times, then they can’t be all that bad – right? In any case, these 2 pounds of pigs’ feet spent several hours slow cooking in a court bouillon.

Did you know that you can order pig’s feet delivered to your door? I wonder what the mailman would ask for carry-out delivery once cooked?

The bouillon is flavored with lots of fresh thyme and bay leaves, along with onions, nearly a full head of fresh garlic, organic carrots, fresh curly parsley and a healthy amount of white wine. Because we’re French 🙂

Does It Taste Authentic?

She could not resist reaching for one in the pan to “taste” …just in case this country girl from the very same corner of France did not know how to prepare an authentic version.  Really? Maman!

It is one of the simplest recipes to prepare.  Once cooked to such an extent that the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender, the de-boned pig’s feet can be served cold in their wine and herb flavored gelatin.

What is Maman’s preferred variation on the basic recipe? Pieds de porc à la Sainte-Menehould.

She removes the large bones and seasons the pig’s feet with a coating of Dijon mustard and seasoned bread crumbs. Then she tops them off with a pat of butter and broils or pan fries them until crisp and golden.

Regardless of the method she eventually chooses, I’m sure she will enjoy each variation of the recipe.

Bonne Fête Des Mères!

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Pigs Feet Crock Pot Recipe: French Country Comfort Food

Pigs feet in white wine were a surprise treat for my Maman.  In France, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 31rst.

Simmered in a rich broth for hours on end, pig’s feet are not exactly the type of recipe one would prepare during the merry month of May or even someone’s idea of the perfect Mother’s Day gift.   Yet it was enough to make a Maman cry.

Comfort foods and Dutch ovens are more suited for Fall and Winter.  A Dutch oven full of her favorite dish from childhood days was just what this doctor ordered as a special treat.

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Pig’s Feet In White Wine

  • Author: La Cuisinière
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: French

Description

In France, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 31rst.  This recipe is more of a winter dish.  But, as a surprise and special treat for my Maman, I prepared a Dutch Oven full of her favorite dish – pig’s feet in white wine.


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Ingredients

8 Smithfield® split fresh pig’s feet (already cut in half)

1 large yellow onion, rough chop

2 large carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces

6 to 8 whole cloves of fresh garlic, peeled

2 stalks of fresh parsley

2 to 3 new bay leaves

3 sprigs of fresh thyme Sea salt (coarse or flakes), to taste

One tablespoon of multicolor peppercorns or freshly cracked pepper to taste

12 oz. of water or 2 crumbled pork bouillon cubes

12 oz. of dry white wine


Instructions

Wash the pig’s feet in cold running water. 

Layer them evenly across the bottom of the slow cooker.

Add a layer of roughly chopped onion and half the garlic cloves.

Repeat with a second layer if necessary. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Add parsley, bay leaves and thyme. 

Add chopped carrots.

Sprinkle crumbled bouillon cubes over everything and add both water and white wine.

Set the slow cooker to LOW for 6 hours. 

If the pork is not falling apart, allow to cook for another hour or simply let the slow cooker complete the “stay warm” cycle.

Remove the pig’s feet from the broth using a skimmer. 

Transfer to a large platter and allow to cool.


Notes

Refrigerate until ready to proceed with a recipe of your choice.

Our favorite method is to coat the cooked pig’s feet in Dijon mustard then roll them in seasoned breadcrumbs. 

You can pan fry them until golden brown but the best method is to grill the breaded pieces (at 425F. to 475F. or #7 to #9 on a gas range) in a very hot oven until bubbly, crisp and browned.

Instead of the mustard coating, you can also dip the pig’s feet in a couple of beaten eggs, then roll them in bread crumbs before browning them.

Serve with more Dijon mustard and a simple green salad.

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How To Cook Pig’s Feet In A Crock Pot

Ready to prepare the pigs’ feet #recipe in a #crockpot? I never hesitate to prepare regular stovetop Dutch oven recipes in a slow cooker.  All it takes are some minor adjustments to the total cooking time.   Rarely, if ever, do I turn on the slow cooker and walk away for the rest of the day.   It’s very easy to burn country style ribs using that walk-away method.

I use my slow cooker as more a convenience appliance when I have to multi-task at home.  That said, a slow cooker or crockpot is the easiest way to set a pot to “simmer” with the full knowledge that it will, in fact, simmer for a specific amount of time.

I probably spend much more time prepping a recipe for the slow cooker than I need to but I do it for several reasons:

  • The resulting flavor is identical to the stove top version ( Nobody asks me “Did you cook that in the crock pot?)
  • A steady temperature – the LOW setting is equivalent to barely simmering on the stove top.
  • It takes a minimum of supervision (as in check in on it every couple hours – perfect for power gardening time or laundry day)
Pigs Feet Crock Pot Recipe

Still Prefer A Stove Top Dutch Oven?

Get a heat diffuser plate!

Have you ever walked away from a simmering pot on the stove only to hear the lid jump up and down?

A stove set to the lowest possible setting on the dial is still too hot to achieve that “barely simmer” temperature. 

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Even at the lowest temperature, supervise the simmering process. Once the pan becomes too hot, your dinner scorches and dries up.

If you want to use a stove top cast iron Dutch oven, use this heat diffuser ring plate to prevent these hot spots and bubbling up.

The diffuser distributes the heat across the bottom of the pan.

A great feature about this stainless steel heat diffuser is that it comes in two sizes.  One fits small burners and one fits larger burners and larger pans.

Here is another fabulous feature of this sturdy ring plate!

I recently bought an induction burner.  The VonShef heat diffuser converts any regular cookware into an induction-ready pan.  Imagine the savings!

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More French Country Cuisine:

The video below illustrates one way the French serve fork-tender pig’s feet.

Bon Appétit!  This recipe for pigs feet in white wine is a souvenir d’autrefois!

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