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Chitlin Loaf Recipe

| March 26, 2017 | 22 Comments

Chitlin Loaf recipe, as seen on Taste of Southern.
Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to prepare Chitlin Loaf. Whether you call them Chitlins, or Chitterlings, we’ll show you how to enjoy them. Chitlin Loaf is probably the easiest and best way to try them. Printable recipe included.

 

Chitterling Loaf recipe.
Chitterling Loaf Recipe

Whether you call them Chitlins, or Chitterlings, they are still hog intestines. You just can’t get around that part of the story. I guess calling them Chitterlings is suppose to make them sound more sophisticated, but they will always be Chitlins around Taste of Southern.

Mama never cooked them.

I have absolutely no memory of Mama, or my Daddy, ever cooking Chitlins. I don’t have any memory of them ever eating them. Older brother says he doesn’t either.

Despite the fact that we raised hogs in my younger days, and despite that we killed and butchered those same hogs around Thanksgiving each year, Chitlins weren’t on the menu. At least not that way.

When the intestines were removed during “hog killing” time, they were emptied, cleaned, cleaned, and cleaned a couple of more times. As you can imagine, the smell was atrocious around that area during the process.

Pig intestines, once cleaned, were referred to as “casings.” These casings were often used to stuff the homemade sausage into, then hung up in the smokehouse and allowed to air dry for use later throughout the year.

Chances are, if you’ve ever had any truly old fashioned, homemade, link Sausage, you’ve tasted pig intestines.

For the record, I recently turned down some fresh intestines that were offered to me from a hog killing that older brother and I had been invited to attend. I could have done the whole complete thing, but I passed on the opportunity. Wonder why? Smile.

Instead, I purchased a “half-loaf” of Chitterlings, fully cooked, from Nahunta Pork Center down in Pikeville, North Carolina. This is a large retail center that sells only pork products and a few frozen vegetable items. Nothing else.

On a recent visit, I met a lady that was buying about $100.00 worth of these Chitterling loafs.

I waited until she came outside the store, then stopped her to ask if she would share with me how she prepared them. She graciously obliged my interest, and I pulled out my phone and videoed her telling me how she does them.

Her name was Pat, and she was from Florida, visiting her sister in the area. Pat was taking Chitterling Loafs back with her to Florida to share with family and friends there.

One thing that Pat mentioned, was that she would often pour off about half of the liquid from the cooked loaf once it started to cooking. Then, she would add some additional items to make them a little “spicer,” she said.

So, with Pat’s suggestions, and those of some other close family and friends, I’m presenting the Chitterling Loaf recipe below. I hope you enjoy the ride.

I had only tasted Chitlins once before in my life. I found some, surprisingly, on an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet restaurant that I visited once. I placed a spoonful on my plate, just out of curiosity.

When I got up the nerve to taste them, I chewed them a bit, then covered my mouth with a napkin and spit them out. They were so rubbery, I couldn’t eat them. It wasn’t the taste that turned me off, I just realized I’d never be able to chew them.

So, did I eat these?  My family and friends were pretty shocked when I started talking about cooking some Chitlins. A few said they liked them, but most just gave me really funny looks.

Yes, I did eat a few of these, but not all of them.

The taste reminded me of Souse Meat, if you’ve ever had that. The vinegar taste also reminded me of our Eastern North Carolina Barbecue that I so dearly love. It really wasn’t bad, and certainly wasn’t nasty if that’s what you’re wondering.

The main thing seems to be that folks know they are pig intestines, and that turns them off.

I told several folks that if they didn’t know what it was, they would probably like them. Let’s just leave it at that.

Ready to give our Chitterling Loaf a try. Alright then. Raise all the windows, open the front and back door, get out the big fans, and let’s head for the kitchen. In other words… Let’s Get Cooking.

 

Chitlin Loaf, you'll need these ingredients.
Chitlin Loaf Recipe:  You’ll need these ingredients.

 

Chitlin Loaf, they're not as cheap as you might think.
At $5.99 per pound, they aren’t exactly cheap any more.

Here in the South, we can find cleaned chitlins in big red tubs at most Walmart stores, or in our local grocery store.

Walmart sells a 10lb tub for less than $10.00. They typically come frozen, and need to be cleaned extra well prior to cooking.

We’ll save that one for another time. Smile

 

Chitlin Loaf, this is considered to be half a loaf.
Half Loaf:  This is considered to be a “half loaf” of Chitlins. They generally come packaged in tubs that are twice this size as a loaf. Again, these are fully cooked. They already have some vinegar, red pepper, and other spices cooked with them.

You can’t help but notice the “earthy” aroma when you open the package. Smile.

 

Chitlin Loaf, display at Nahunta Pork Center.
Nahunta Pork Center display – Pikeville, North Carolina

This is where I purchased my cooked Chitterlings. As you can see, they had a lot of them. That’s because they sell a lot of them. They’re very popular here in the South.

You might find chitterlings at your local grocer that say they are “cleaned and ready to cook.” I highly suggest that you search out more information on how to further clean those prior to cooking them.

Some even claim to be “Super Clean.” You just want to take a good look at them prior to cooking them.

Practically all will claim to be “hand cleaned.”

 

Chitlin Loaf, see the gelatin.
See the gelatin holding everything together?

Your’s may contain more gelatin than this one does. I was advised that I might want to remove some of this once it melted down, but there really wasn’t enough of it that I needed to do that. More about that a little further down.

 

Chitlin Loaf, slice the loaf.
I began by slicing the loaf into about 3/4 inch slices.

Folks sometimes dredge slices like this in flour, then fry them. Again, that’s another recipe we’ll just save for later.

 

Chitlin Loaf, cut the slices into cubes.
Next, I cut the slices into small cubes.

I cut them into smaller pieces in hopes they might be easier to chew when finished. Just personal preference here.

 

Chitlin Loaf, place the cubes in a sauce pot.
Place the cubes in a medium sized sauce pot, over Medium heat, on your stove top.

Let the loaf “melt down” before you add any additional seasonings.

I was advised that I might want to remove about half of the liquid from this loaf, but this particular one didn’t have very much liquid at all once the gelatin part had dissolved down. So, I proceeded to add my additional items.

 

Chitlin Loaf, add the black pepper.
Add the Black Pepper.

 

Chitlin Loaf, add the vinegar.
Add the Vinegar.

 

Chitlin Loaf, add the hot sauce.
Add the hot sauce.

Go easy on the hot sauce at this point. You can always add more to your personal taste once they’ve been served.  Also, they have red pepper flakes already in them, at least these did.

 

Chitlin Loaf, stir everything together well.
Give everything a good stir.

Bring the chitlins up to almost the boiling point, then REDUCE the heat to a low simmer.

 

Chitlin Loaf, stir and let cook for about 45 minutes.
Let the Chitlin Loaf cook for about 45 minutes, uncovered, on a low simmer, stirring often. Just keep a close eye on them and don’t let all the juices cook away. As you can see, there wasn’t a lot of juice in this batch.

You could add a little water if needed. You’ll find many folks like them soupy and served in a bowl over rice. Again, it’s a matter of preference.

Either way, just let them cook until they are tender.

As you might imagine, they do have a unique “aroma” to them. I suspect it would have been even more intense had I been cooking some that hadn’t already been fully cooked. I do plan to do that one day, but I’ll need to let my neighbors know in advance I think. Smile.

 

Chitlin Loaf, serve warm and enjoy.
Enjoy!

Serving Suggestion: I served these up with some mixed greens, sliced baked sweet potato, black eye peas with a piece of seasoning meat from the pot, and some cornbread. 

 

Chitlin Loaf Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 3-4 servings

Chitlin Loaf Recipe

Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to prepare Chitlin Loaf. Whether you call them Chitlins, or Chitterlings, we'll show you how to enjoy them. Chitlin Loaf is probably the easiest and best way to try them.

Ingredients

  • 2lb Chitterling Loaf, fully cooked
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Texas Pete Hot Sauce

Instructions

  1. Chop the chitlin loaf into small pieces, as desired.
  2. Place chitlins in a medium sized stock pot, on your stove top, over Medium heat.
  3. Bring to a low simmer.
  4. When the gel has melted, pour about half of the gel off , leaving enough to cover chitlins.
  5. Discard the removed gel.
  6. Add the black pepper.
  7. Add the vinegar.
  8. Add the hot sauce, stir well.
  9. Reduce heat to about medium-low.
  10. Simmer for about 45 minutes, until chitlins are fork tender.
  11. Serve warm.
  12. Enjoy!

Notes

Keep in mind that this is a fully cooked chitterling loaf. You may find "cleaned chitterlings" in your local grocery store that will need to be further cleaned and then cooked.

http://www.tasteofsouthern.com/chitlin-loaf-recipe/

 

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  1. Rae Johnson says:

    I live in the midwest(Missouri 120 miles south of St Louis, MO & 150 miles north of Memphis). Didn like them when I was young but now I will “tear a chitlin up!”. Anyway, I would like to know if I can get a chitlin loaf sent to me because I’ve never heard of that? Would LOVE to try it!!!
    Thanks So Much,
    Rae

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Rae, It’s always good to hear from someone that likes chitlins. Smile. I’m not aware of anyone that sells the Chitlin Loaf online. The Nahunta Pork Center does ship within North Carolina, but not out of state. Perhaps one of our readers can help. I hope you find some. Thank you for sharing your comments, and for your visit to Taste of Southern. I trust you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  2. Mary says:

    I just bought a couple of loafs for the first time and I followed the recipe to the exact. I love them. I grew on a farm And the only thing I’ve ever known were fresh right out of the hog chitterling. I’m on to something new so no more cleaning for me. Loaf only.

  3. Jennifer Parramore says:

    Hi I LOVE chitlins! I used to fry them for my Daddy. I liked them fried ok but prefer just regular boiled ones. My question is well I guess it’s more of a statement. When we eat out and have chitlins a lot of times they have added pork ears and different parts of the hog in them and they call it soul loaf. I prefer just my good ole chitlins by themselves.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Jennifer, Thank you for being brave enough to say you like chitlins. Smile. I haven’t fried any yet, but maybe one day, I’ll get the chance to do so. I appreciate your comment, and your visit to Taste of Southern. I trust you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  4. Shirley Nemeth says:

    I ate chitlins regularly while growing up in N.C. In fact, my sis and I were responsible for cleaning them out on hog slaughtering say. Now I can’t stand to eat them nor smell them or even think about cooking them! We also ate scrambled eggs with pork brains. YUCK to even think about that today. I enjoyed your column and read the recipe and looked at the steps for making it; however, I’ll pass and wait for the next one.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Shirley, Daddy ate the scrambled eggs and pork brains often. I don’t really care for them either. Just give me sausage and eggs. I appreciate you sharing your memories with us today. You had a tough job if you had to clean them on butchering day. Thank you for your comments, and all of your support. Do stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  5. Janet Sharp says:

    Hi, Steve. I really do look forward to reading your newsletter on Monday morning. I was born in a small farming community in Scott County, Tennessee, and while reading your letters I am reminded of my childhood that I spent there. Those were good memories, and although I have spent my adult life living in the Cincinnati area, I still follow the traditions of my heritage especially in the area of food and cooking. I enjoyed your letter about cooking Chitlins but have never tried them. I don’t believe I want to. Thanks again for your letters.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Janet, Thank you for your compliments on the Newsletter. I’m glad that you enjoy my rambles and appreciate you subscribing. Thank you for sharing your memories with us, and I do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  6. Thank you so much for the article on chitterlings!! I love them and I grew up on them. I live in Jackson Mississippi. My family and I eat them on special occasions. The cleaning process is timely and very important to assure safe eating. Your presentation of the meal brought back memories. Keep up the good work. I love your website!! Thanks Steve Gordon

  7. Pat Nelson says:

    Steve,
    Do you have a recipe for souse? When I was young, I helped my mother make her version which was meatier, spicier and better than the store bought versions. I never wrote the recipe down and it went to Heaven with her.
    Cleaning chitlins was my job on hog butchering day. Can’t say it was my favorite job, but everybody had their specific duties.
    Quick story you might enjoy: My mother called her souse “hog head cheese”. My husband would not even taste it, he couldn’t get past the name. He was working on a tugboat and the captain bought sandwich supplies which contained several packs of souse lunch meat. My husband ate souse sandwiches and asked me what souse was, he had never heard of it and he liked it. I told him he didn’t want to know. He kept bugging me, so I told him what it was. After that he tried my mother’s version and liked it better. That’s what happens when a city boy marries a country girl.
    Love your recipes and blog.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Pat, Thank you for sharing your memories with us. I’m sorry, but I do not have a recipe for Souse meat at this time. Older brother and I had the opportunity to watch an old fashioned hog killing recently. I was offered the head and any of the intestinal items that I might want, but graciously turned them down. I did bring some leaf fat home though to render down to lard. Looks like I passed up a great opportunity to explore some new things in the kitchen by turning those parts down. Maybe next time. I’m sorry that you lost out on your moms recipe, I bet it was good. And, my hat is off to you for cleaning those chitlins. Thank you again, and I do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  8. JoyceB says:

    I love them. We eat them only on New Year’s Day with Collards, Black-eyes, yams, cornbread and sliced tomatoes. I have never used the vinegar. I cook with lots and lots of onions and garlic, bell pepers and a bay leaf.

  9. Sandra Lowry says:

    You are a brave man! My family ate chitlins but not me. The smell is quite unique and that was enough. Even though I NEVER plan to cook these, I enjoyed your newsletter, recipe and the history about them. Thank you!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Chitlins? Honestly, Mr. Steve? I don’t know that I can trust you anymore. I’ll have to drag myself to look at your “used to be” wonderful cooking website in the future. The next time I visit I hope you’ll have something marvelous to make up for this. I’m so disappointed.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Elizabeth, I really am sorry you had to go through this. And, I do promise that I’ll do better next time. It was just something worth sharing, and I put it off for a long time, but finally gave in. Thank you for making me smile. Hang in there, it’ will get better. I do appreciate your visits, and I trust you’ll stop by again… real soon. As soon as the aroma clears. Smile. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  11. Never have eaten any but my daddy would always take them to the shoe shine man in the barber shop where he got his hair cut. My daddy always took them to town the next day and he was always happy that he was able to make the shoe shine man and his family happy around Thanksgiving. I was very small but I went with daddy to the barber shop and got to meet the nice shoe shine man several times.

  12. Teedee says:

    Thanks for the interesting article. I believe in the concept of using every part of an animal, so I’m glad to know these are being sold and bought by people who enjoy them. I’ve never tried–or seen–chitlins where I live, but I’d have no problem knowing they were intestines or even chewy. I may have a problem with the odor, though 🙂 To this day, there are a couple of things that I can’t stand the smell of from when I had my two pregnancies 40+ years ago, so I’d have to be somewhat desperate to try these, I think…Thanks again and happy fishing, Steve! 🙂

  13. Maggie says:

    Steve, I appreciate your straightforward introduction to chitterlings. Some people prefer to skip over the part related to the history. Yes, the slaves on the plantations learned to make the most of whatever forms of protein made available to them. Southern cooking would not be what it is today without the creativity, blood, sweat and tears of the enslaved people on the plantations. My mother was born & raised in North Carolina, but she raised her children in Ohio. I am pretty sure we had chitterlings served to us at one time or another…but my parents would have “snuck” it into the meal without our knowledge.

    I have a vivid memory of my father serving us scrambled eggs one morning that seemed to have an “off” odor. We ate the eggs (holding our noses) and afterwards he laughingly told us he had cooked the eggs with hog brains. We were grossed out, and needless to say, I learned a lot about our fathers sneaky methods. As an adult, I now realize he had a lot of mouths to feed–I was the oldest of five children–and he was seeking alternative, cheap forms of protein for his family.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Maggie, My dad enjoyed a meal of Scrambled Eggs and Brains often. I never liked them myself, for obvious reasons. Funny how just the name of things seem to turn us off sometimes to some foods that others seem to enjoy. I guess it’s just what you get used to. We eat eggs… right? Thank you for sharing your memories with us, and I do appreciate your visits. I trust you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  14. Angela James says:

    Oh how this has taken me back to my childhood had no choice but to eat them. I’ve eating them before a lot when I was a child but now you can’t gay new to even have them I my house.(lol) not a good fan of these don’t like the smell, but all my siblings still eat them for the Holidays and if I know they are cooking them I stay away until they are all eating up. smile. I never heard of precooked CHITTERLINGS or loaf..did you have a taste of them afterwards. I agree this POLLEN have got my allergy all messed up I’ve been doing the same thing that come alone with allergies. Wanted to go fishing as well but stayed in side because of my allergy and it didn’t really help with my husband bringing it inside. Hope you have a great day and week as well. Enjoy you CHITTERLING reading. Angela J.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Angela, I did eat a small amount of them. They weren’t bad at all, I was just trying to stay away from pork products for awhile. I’d been eating a little too much for a couple of weeks. Thank you for sharing your memories with us, and I do appreciate your visit. I trust you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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