Offal Is Not Always Awful!...Trippa alla Florentina

I love beef tripe but it's hard to find restaurants that make it well here.  I eat menudo and tripe stew in soy sauce from dim sum carts in Chinese restaurants, but sometimes it still reminds me that I am eating organ meat. The tripe has to be impeccably clean for me to enjoy.
 
Besides Thailand, I enjoyed Trippa alla Florentina in Florence,  The other night at the Offalicious dinner, tripe soup was one of the featured dishes.  The dish was made well. The tripe had good texture and flavor.  I talked to Marcin who made the soup to find out how he cleaned the tripe.
 
In my compulsive manner, I have to try making the soup myself.  I went to Asian Market and bought honey comb tripe as well as some pig feet. Pig feet will flavor the soup as well as add body to the soup. Compared to the pig stomach I cleaned prior, beef tripe is nothing, no foul smell.  I rubbed the tripe with salt and cleaned it thoroughly.  I repeated salt rubbing 3-4 times before blanching it in boiling water together with the pig feet.  Then I cut the tripe into evenly thin slices, put it in my pressure cooker with the blanched pig feet and covered it with homemade chicken broth and some canned chopped tomatoes, cooking it on high.  I also added a couple pieces of bruised lemongrass, about 3 inches long, for good measure.  Thais often use lemongrass when cooking tripe.  After 50 minutes the tripe was tender and rich. Without the pressure cooker, the tripe has to be cooked 3-4 hours.  I do not want to wait that long.  
 
In a small pan, I sauteed diced onion, carrots, and celery with some salt until translucent.  I added the vegetable mixture to the tripe soup and let it cook uncovered for additional 30 minutes until the vegetable was completely soft.  I fished out the bony bits from pig feet as well as the lemongrass, chopped up some silky pigskin and added it back to the soup.  The soups just needed a bit more salt.  The broth was rich and thick, thanks to the pig feet, with the consistency of light cream.  The tripe itself was tender, rich, and flavorful. In my family, the other tripe eating person is my son.  But maybe with this soup, I might be able to increase tripe eating population in our family :)

Trippa all Florentina.  This sounds much better than tripe soup, doesn't it?

Trippa all Florentina.  This sounds much better than tripe soup, doesn't it?