PORK KNUCKLE (SHWEINSHAXE)
1 small leek
1 celery stalk
2 meaty pork knuckles
Black pepper corns
2 tablespoons cooking fat or vegetable shortening
a pinch of cumin
Beer or water
Wash and dice the leek, celery, carrot and onion. Cook pork knuckles, diced vegetables, salt and peppercorns in water to cover 2 to 3 hours or until tender. Avoid overcooking. (Should not be falling off the bone) Remove from water; drain well reserving vegetables and cooking liquid. Preheat oven to 425F (220C). Melt fat or shortening in an enamel-lined, cast iron pan. Add drained pork knuckles, cooked vegetables and a small amount of cooking liquid.
Bake 30 minutes. Moisten meat frequently with more cooking liquid. Before meat is fully cooked, sprinkle with beer or water in which a good amount of salt has been dissolved. Add cumin to increase flavor. Serve with potato or white bread dumplings or sauerkraut salad. Note: In Bavaria, the juices and cooking liquid are strained and served as an accompanying sauce.
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I think I got this recipe from Twinkle on the former German Corner on the TOH BB. I had pig's knuckle while in Munich and loved it.