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Ideas for a ham bone

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I've got a ham bone with some meat still on it, and I'm trolling for ideas on how to use it. I know everyone makes split pea soup, but I hate it! I just don't like the texture. Are there any CHers out there with great recipes that rely on ham bones?


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  1. Epicurious has a lovely recipe for Hearty Lentil and Ham Soup if you are interested...has a touch of cinnamon in it, very good and different.


    1. Cook it with some vegetables to make a basic ham stock. This can then be used in a soup, or a sauce.

      I just made an Italian lentil and fennel soup using some ham stock. Basically lentils (small French ones in my case), chopped fennel bulb, onion, a bit of carrot, some potato, and tomatoes - cooked till the lentils were done, then finished with soup pasta.

      It would be compatible with any soup or sauce that uses bacon as a seasoning.

      1. i think you can make greens with a ham hock

        1. I use the ham bone to make a vegetable soup. Just simmer in a big pot with water until all the meat falls off the bone, then discard. Add tomatoes, beans, peas, okra, onions, carrots, cabbage, etc. to the pot and cook on low for a few hours. Season with salt (if anymore is needed, definitely taste first), and black pepper. You can add other herbs or spices to taste but my family likes the simple seasonings in this soup. Delicious served with cornbread (southern style - not sweet like Jiffy) and tabasco sauce to taste.

          1. Any legume is better cooked with a ham bone. Southern-style greens. Vegetable soup. You name it.

            1. Green beans and ham, also good with small red potatoes added.

              1. Red beans and rice are about the only thing I make with a ham bone. So easy and delicous!

                1. Birnen, Bohnen, und Speck (pears, green beans, and slab bacon) is a form of German boiled dinner that also includes potatoes. It could also be made with a ham. The pears are unpeeled firm ones (Mom used Bosc, halved and cored). The meat is simmered in water long enough to flavor the liquid before the other ingredients are added. Herbs can be thyme or summer savory. Pepper too. I add thin-sliced onion to the ham and water for a more flavorful broth.