Check out Tails and Trotters for delicious pork of all kinds

Cooked up on December 11, 2012

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I have to share with you guys about a local business that I am really excited about! Business partners Aaron Silverman and Mark Cockcroft of Tails and Trotters just opened up a retail location at 525 NE 24th Ave. after selling their wares at farmers markets for a long time. In fact, TODAY, December 11, is the very first day the store is open. I was lucky enough to attend an open house a few weekends back to preview some of the cool stuff they have to offer.

Are you ready to be hungry? Ok, here goes:

If you had told me that I would be an ardent fan of rillettes, and told me what rilletes were, then I probably would not have believed you.

But I am. I so am. Rilletes are basically meat that is cooked very, very, very slowly in fat. Making a long story very short, it eventually is made into a rough paste along with some of the pork fat. Spread on a hunk of baguette, It is such a rich, satisfying and warming treat. It’s hard to describe, but it just has the perfect blend of salt, comfort and richness.

We also got to try the ham and liver pate:

This is another spread that’s a few shades richer than the rilletes. Aaron, one of the founders, told me that many European hertiage pigs are often fed on things like acorns and chestnuts. Tails and Trotters has adapted that for Oregon by feeding them hazelnuts! Kind of cool, don’t you think?

Another favorite for me was the “porkstrami” – which is exactly what it sounds like (most of the time it’s beef). I’m sad that my photo of the porkstrami didn’t turn out well. We got to try it with different mustards and a few fun slaws, which will be part of a sandwich menu also available at the new retail space.

For me, the star of the show was their incredible proscuitto. I have never had a proscuitto that I’ve liked better, and I’m not just saying that. I must have eaten at least half a pound of this stuff. It’s not available for sale yet, but it is on the way!

Just one mouthful leaves you wanting another and another and another… help me…

When we toured the new space, it was really fun to check out the industrial kitchen and the rooms that will soon be full of pork legs hanging to age. But my favorite part was their sign.

Tails and Trotters will also be offering butchered cuts of pork and pantry items such as lard, ham hocks and pork stock. I love the way they are making use of every part of the animal. Aaron told me that you’ll also be able to pick up a wide range of local products that could go well with your pork dinner at the shop.

I have to say (and this is not a sponsored post, by the way), that I can’t wait to get back to Tails and Trotters and try the full menu. And get myself some more of that proscuitto!

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