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
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.