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Slavinken (Bacon Wrapped Pork Parcels)

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Slavinken (Bacon Wrapped Pork Parcels)

Slavinken

Photo © Ellen Schelkers
Slavinken, i.e. ground meat wrapped in bacon, is a very traditional Dutch dinner dish, usually served with boiled potatoes and veggies. I've used fresh rosemary, thyme, basil and marjoram to flavor the filling. According to De Verstandige Kok (The Sensible Cook), which was originally published in Dutch in 1669, this mixture of herbs was so commonly used to flavor meat dishes back in the 17th century, that they were referred to as vleeskruiden (literally, meat herbs). I think the herbs lend a lot of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground pork (455 g)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • 2 tbsp fresh marjoram (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 6 extra large slices of rindless streaky bacon or prosciutto
  • 1 tsp butter

Preparation:

Mix the ground pork and herbs. Add salt and pepper (don't add too much salt, because the bacon is salty).

Wet your hands and form small sausages with the ground pork mix. Wrap the bacon around it, tucking in the ends, to form sausage-shaped parcels.

Melt the butter in a frying pan, and fry the slavinken over a medium heat for approximately 15 minutes. Serve with green beans, boiled potatoes rolled in butter & parsley and a gravy.

Makes 6 slavinken.

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A homely meal for a chilly night indoors, Member Homecook

I sometimes make it very much the same, sometimes I use pieces of bacon and sometimes pancetta, sometimes ground beef or ground pork for the filling, or a mix of the two, and served with lots of apple sauce and stewed onions. This is a great recipe.

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