Head cheese is indeed a specialty cooked meat product. The constituent meat is chopped pork from the head of the pig (and sometimes a little veal) which has been cured and spiced with salt, sugar, vinegar and often nutmeg or other aromatic spices.

The meat is set into a mould in a gelatin base. It is generally sliced to serve cold, often as part of a party platter. Head cheese, due to its gay and colourful presentation, is commonly served at celebratory occasions.