While “bringing in the boar” is one of the many traditions of celebrating the Yuletide season, if the idea of hacking off a boar’s head and serving it on a silver platter doesn’t appeal to you, here are some possible alternatives you might want to consider:
- Bake a ham or a pork roast – in this way you will still be enjoying the boar and honoring the tradition… albeit feasting on a different body part!
- If you have the means to do so, consider a hog roast. You can roast a whole pig or hog outdoors, using a spit over coals or whatever.
- Make a meat loaf, and shape it like a boar’s head. Use olives for the eyes and carrots for the tusks. You could even stuff an apple in its “mouth” and bake it along with the loaf!
- Create a “boar’s head” using a fresh pineapple. Cut the ends off a pineapple, and then make a slice in it lengthwise so it will lay flat on a tray. Stick two cocktail cherries into one end to represent the eyes, and then peel and carve a piece of apple or pear to be the snout. A twisted pipe cleaner makes a nice tail. Using cocktail sticks, cover the pineapple-boar’s back with “bristles” of various appetizers such as chunks of ham and other meats, chunks of cheese, cooked cocktail shrimp, olives, fresh veggies such as cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, etc., fresh fruits such as strawberries, melon, pineapple, etc. or other ideas such as chocolates, candies, and so forth. You could also make a cheese or chocolate fondue and then stick the dippings into your pineapple-boar, such as bread and veggies for the cheese fondue, or cake, marshmellows, and fruit for the chocolate fondue.