3 must-try ham hock recipes

3 must-try ham hock recipes

 

If you're a fan of rich, hearty dishes, then ham hock is a must-have in your culinary arsenal. This flavourful cut of pork, usually taken from the lower part of a pig's leg, is perfect for slow-cooking, making it ideal for soups, stews, and more. Here are three delicious ham hock recipes that will warm your heart and satisfy your taste buds.

1. Classic ham hock and bean soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 450g dried haricot beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 litres chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the ham hock: add the smoked ham hock, chicken stock and bay leaf to a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 2 hours until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.
  2. Cook the vegetables: next, add the chopped onion, carrots, celery, and garlic to the pot. Continue to simmer for another 30 minutes.
  3. Add the beans: drain and rinse the soaked haricot beans, then add them to the pot and simmer for another hour, or until the beans are tender.
  4. Finish the soup: remove the ham hock from the pot, shred the meat, and discard the bones and skin. Return the shredded meat to the soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve: Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with fresh parsley, and enjoy!

2. Ham hock and cabbage stew

Ingredients:

  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 medium cabbage, chopped
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 litres chicken stock
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh dill, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the ham hock: add the smoked ham hock and chicken stock to a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 2 hours, until the meat is tender.
  2. Add vegetables: add the chopped cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, and caraway seeds to the pot. Continue to simmer for another 30-40 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Season and serve: remove the ham hock, shred the meat, and discard the bones and skin. Return the meat to the stew and season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh dill before serving.

3. Ham hock and pea salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 500g frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh mint leaves, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the ham hock: in a large pot, cover the smoked ham hock with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 2 hours, until the meat is tender.
  2. Prepare the salad: in a large bowl, combine the thawed peas, diced cucumber, chopped red onion, and halved cherry tomatoes.
  3. Make the dressing: in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  4. Assemble the salad: remove the ham hock, shred the meat, and discard the bones and skin. Add the shredded meat to the salad bowl, pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  5. Serve: Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve chilled for a refreshing summer dish.

These three ham hock recipes are perfect for anyone looking to enjoy the rich, smoky flavour of this underrated cut of pork. Whether you're making a classic bean soup, a savoury cabbage stew, or a refreshing pea salad, ham hock adds a depth of flavour that's hard to beat. Give these recipes a try, and you'll have a new appreciation for this versatile ingredient. Happy cooking!

 

 


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