Sometimes there is food in Canada, that America and the rest of the world has never heard of. It honestly doesn’t happen too often,(I see you butter tarts and poutine) but the Pickled Cottage Roll is one of those uniquely Canadian Items.
What is a Cottage Roll?
This cut of meat is boneless pork shoulder butt that has been cured or lightly pickled in a brine. The brine is usually salty, slightly sweet water. Usually this cut of meat is super cheap but its oh so tasty! There will be netting, and then a sealed plastic around it in most instances. It’s kind of like a ham, but not exactly.
Can I cook Canadian Pork Cottage Roll in an Instant Pot?
Of course! Canadian Pork Cottage Roll is super easy to do in your Instant Pot. Hands off and tasty. You also can then use the left over water to make a tasty French Canadian Split Pea soup very easily. This is a great and easy truly Canadian meal. French Canadian Split Pea Soup is super tasty if you’ve never had that.
What Vegetables go with Cottage Roll?
Because it is a sort of pickled meat, the same vegetables that you eat with a cut like corned beef, also taste really great with a Cottage roll. Potatoes, Onions, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots. Any of these types of vegetables can be cooked and eaten with a Cottage Roll and it will be delicious.
To Rinse or Not to Rinse?
Because the Canadian cottage roll is packaged in brine, the question is do you rinse this off before cooking? It is a matter of personal preference. I don’t add any salt when I make it, so I don’t mind the slightly salt taste you get if you don’t rinse. If you prefer less salt, you can rinse the roll under the tap before you add it to the instant pot for cooking
Final Tips for How to Cook a Cottage Roll
You need to make sure the cottage roll is not frozen. So put it on a plate in your fridge and let is defrost. Then we will put it in the Instant Pot with some pickling spices and a few vegetables. Let it cook while you go about your day.
When it is done, you can serve as is, or make an easy glaze, and pop in the oven to finish it up. Both ways are delicious.
Let’s go to how to cook a Canadian Pork Cottage roll in Instant Pot.
Pork Cottage Roll in Instant Pot
- 2 lbs Pork Cottage Roll
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 cups water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp peppercorn
- 5 potatoes
- 3 carrots
- 2 onions
- 1 cabbage
- 3 tbsp yellow mustard
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- Remove the Plastic from the Cottage roll but leave the netting on the roll. Place in your Instant pot on the metal holder.
- Add the water to the Instant pot. You want the meat just barely covered. Add more/ less water depending on the size of your Instant Pot.
- Add the whole garlic cloves, 1 large chopped onion, bay leave, peppercorns
- Set the Instant Pot Main Pressure Cook for 30mins per lbs - 1hr for 2 lbs. Internal Tempature needs to be 160. Allow to Natural Release
- Remove pork from Instant Pot. Save liquid to make soup.
- You can eat as is or you can make optional glaze and finish in the oven with some vegetables
- Set oven to 425.
- Mix ingredients of glaze
- Place chopped carrots, onions, potatoes, cabbage into bottom of roasting pan.
- Place pork on top and coat with glaze.
- Bake in oven for at least 15-20 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the glaze is set.
- Remove, slice and enjoy!
- Instant Pot
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I hope you enjoy making this unique Canadian dish and have tasty pork slices in your future!