Pad Thai Pig Ears

Pad Thai Pig Ears

Euclid Hall, Denver

Cool Plates features dishes from across the country to help inspire chefs' creativity.

In a spin on the classic Thai dish, Chef Jorel Pierce replaces the noodles with pig ears.

Pierce thoroughly cleans the ears and braises them with mirepoix and a French bouquet garni.

He stacks and chills the ears and then juliennes them, starting at the tip of the ear and discarding the most cartilaginous parts — about 30 percent of the total ear.

He tosses the jul

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