Dominican Cocido de paticas, a goat, cow, or pig trotters stew may seem a bit intimidating at first. Don't worry, it's a fairly simple recipe, and we have paid special care to write it in a way that simplifies the preparation. Try this flavorful stew, it'll be a success at the table.

– 2½ lbs pork trotters, [1 kg] cut into small pieces – Juice of 1 lime – 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, (peanut, soy or corn) – leaves from a celery stalk – 1 sprig thyme (fresh) – 1 sprig oregano (fresh), or 1 teaspoon of dry leaves – 2¼ teaspoons salt, (or more, to taste) – ½ teaspoons pepper (freshly-cracked, or ground) – ...


Step 1:

Add the lime juice to the meat and mix well.

Step 2:

Heat oil over medium heat in a heavy pan. Add trotters to the pan and brown. Remove the pan from the heat.

Step 3:

Place the meat into a pot (3 qt [3 lt] capacity). Add 6 cups of water to the pot. Add celery leaves, thyme, and oregano. Add a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper.

Step 4:

Boil until the trotters are very tender and the meat falls off the bones. In a conventional pot, it may take 1-2 hours or about 30 minutes in a pressure cooker.  When the trotters are tender, remove the herbs from the pot and discard them.

Step 5:

Remove the meat from the liquid in which it boiled, set both aside. Let everything cool to room temperature.

Step 6:

Return the pot you used before to the stove and heat over low heat. Add the garlic, then the onion, and cook until the onion is translucent. Add the celery stalk and then the tomatoes and bell pepper, potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, trotters, tomato sauce, and mix.

Step 7:

Skim the fat off the liquid in which the trotters boiled. Add them to the pot (6 cups). Add Scotch bonnet pepper. Simmer covered over low heat until the potatoes and carrots are cooked through.

Step 8:

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with white rice and avocado slices.

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