I am going to say it, I might prefer sweet pickled pork cottage roll over ham. It has the same kind of ham flavour but with just a little something more. It is essentially a boneless pork shoulder butt roast but its cured in a sweet and salty brine. It's cheaper than a bone in ham and not a formed ham (made from many different cuts of pork). It is simple to make and would be very hard to screw up. You cook it in liquid so it should never come out dry or over done like a messed up ham could.
This was a locally produced cottage roll made by Quality Meats in the G.T.A. Quality Meats/Fletcher's product is part of the Sofina Foods family of products and is made only for the Ontario market. Jay Eatz would also recommend Maple Leaf Foods cottage roll as an excellent Canadian alternative, but anyways lets get to how to make it. Only two ingredients needed, bay leaves and onion. You can add peppercorns, garlic and onion powder but I don't think its necessary as the product has plenty of flavour on it's own.
Rinse of the cottage roll and place in a large pot. Rough chop the onion, add to the pot and place a couple of bay leaves in as well. Now fill the pot up with enough water to cover the meat.
I had my no carb friend over again so I made some creamed corn to go with the cottage roll. I opted to go the dual kaiser bun route and made some cottage roll on a bun with a squirt of French's mustard.
Now the cooking part is the easiest, cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours depending on the size of the roll. The one I made took about 2 1/2 hours. Remove from pan and place on cutting board and let rest for a few moments. It will be super hot so be careful and it will be easier to slice up if you let it cool a bit. When it's cooled a bit remove the netting that it's wrapped in. Cut off the layer of fat and slice.
So next time your thinking ham give a cottage roll a go. Who knows you might make a permanent switch.
Fred La Selva
5/22/2017 06:10:24 pm
i can't buy it anywhere in the GTA.
5/25/2017 05:04:56 pm
Have you tried Food Basics or Fresh Co? They usually carry this, Maple Leaf Foods also makes this product, possibly check for that brand as well.
9/21/2017 05:45:21 pm
I found it at Starskys Fine Foods, I'm cooking one now.
11/27/2018 04:08:30 pm
I love how your descriptions like up properly to their pics. Not like other sites. Thank you and keep up the great work
9/25/2020 04:15:03 pm
OMG...we just got a Freshco in Vernon BC - & they advertised this cottage roll!! We moved here from Ont. 7 years ago & I have been desperately looking for Cottage Rolls ever since. Westerners have never heard of them! Maple Leaf doesn't sell them west of Winnipeg!!! Today I drove into town to get some....& they were all sold out! :( I'm so upset! Your cooking instructions are spot on! It
12/6/2022 10:18:20 am
Exactly!! Superstore in Vernon said this cut was a thing of the past! NOT! Freshco in Vernon routinely stocks them and they are delicious!
3/30/2021 08:36:30 pm
We are on the Island and they are well known here. We also have a great product made locally in Port Alberti by Hertels.
3/1/2022 03:54:19 pm
I’ve cooked plenty of cottage rolls over the years and decided to try the fletchers brand which was bought at Sobeys. The toughest cottage roll I’ve ever had. I will never buy this brand again.
12/4/2022 02:00:53 pm
I've been cooking Fletcher's Cottage Roll for years. The cooking process is simplicity itself.This, according to the directions on the packaging - Bay Leaf, Onion, Garlic and Peppercorns.
12/4/2022 09:04:43 pm
I'm curious about using your pressure cooker ????
1/30/2023 10:23:44 pm
I found a Fletcher's at Winnipeg Freshco...a big four pounder. Delicious!
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