“Head cheese” is not a cheese. I don’t know why it’s called cheese, when it is, in fact, meat! Head cheese is a jellied meat made from the meat of the head of a pig or cow. That’s why it’s “head”, but who knows why it’s “cheese” :)
Head cheese is sold in the deli department along with lunch meat coldcuts. The name and the concept of head cheese sounds gross, but head cheese is actually quite a tasty cold cut! When I’m in a mood for a different lunch meat, I order sliced head cheese in a local ethnic supermarket.
How do you eat head cheese? Just like any other deli meat – sliced, on the sandwich. On the picture above, it’s an open-face sandwich with head cheese – a piece of bread spread with mustard, and several slices of head cheese on top. Head cheese goes really well with mustard or horseradish!
Get out of the lunch meat rut! Be brave, try the head cheese! :)