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Boar's Head Notes

You know, I *know* I posted the process.  Damned if I can find it.  Well regardless, here's some notes from this year:

(4) pounds of pork, (1.25) pounds of beef,
(3) medium onions looks like too much, but it's good;
Go heavy on the bread;
Mix the beef and bread together first, then mix in the pork one package at a time.  Much easier;
Yes Kris, you DO need to roll out the crust to be longer, and slightly wider;
Cover the whole shebang with a damp dish towel to keep the crust pliable;
Use an extra radish to make the eye sockets;
Trace the pupils with the skewer and then peel - peel most of the radish;
Use the bamboo skewer to make a hole for the cloves, and countersink them;
Drape the back of the head, seam down the middle - cover the eyes entirely.  There is also a cheek seam;
Drape the front of the head - there is a seam at each side of the snout;
Cut away around the eyes, cut eyelids from scrap;
Punch ear holes before baking;
Carve parsnips with the big triangular knife - much better results;
Carve parsnips too long - you'll be trimming off the burned tips;
Don't forget to brush with egg wash;
Cover parsnips and eyes with aluminum foil;
Don't be chintzy - cut ears from a separate piece of crust - square off one pointed end where the skewer attaches;
Form ears over aluminum foil - do NOT allow the crust to completely encompass the foil or you won't be able to get it out;
Wait for the ears to cool before trying to remove foil;
Attach ears on site.


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Dec. 4th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Boar's Head
That guy was beautiful. I hope your pictures come out -- I'm still kicking myself for not having my camera with me!

Charlotte is a wonderfully well behaved girl. Did I tell you I got a little hug?
Dec. 5th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Re: Boar's Head
This year's came out REALLY good. In the reduced light of the hall, he looked even better - I was tickled.

Charlotte did very well. By the end of the evening I think she was hugging everyone.
Dec. 5th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Oh, crap.
I just remembered I forgot to fetch the veil pins that I offered to loan toward keeping certain objects on the boar's head stuck in it, when Kathryn asked me suddenly if I could lend some pins.

I don't suppose anyone recovered those, did they? :/
Dec. 5th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Errr, I don't even know what you're talking about. The only things attached to the boar's head were it's ears, and those were stuck in with bamboo skewers.

I know nothing of veil pins. Sorry...
Dec. 5th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
I'll have to speak to Kathryn then... Thanks.
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