I just bought a few pounds from the local meat cutter. I have some ideas of what to do with them (I'm assuming you can braise them with a mix of veg and just dump the whole mess into a bowl or over some noodles or biscuits), but I'm also curious if anyone has any ethnicity-specific ideas, like pork and sauerkraut, or something with a more latin flair, or anything that can easily be made as a one-pot meal?
Gamjatang - Pork Neckbone and Potato Soup
Gamjatang is a hearty tasty soup with rich deep flavor. True Korean "comfort food", each household has it's own slightly different take on this traditional dish.
4 pounds Pork neck or spine bones
8 cups water
Spine bones from first boil
6 cloves garlic
2 large green onions (white only - reserve the green for the final stage)
1 ounce ginger
8 cups water
Spine bones and broth from Simmer Step
8 young boiling potatoes (round red potatoes)
12 cloves garlic
Cabbage Par Boil
8 Napa cabbage leaves (outer and second layer leaves)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons coarse ground dried red chili pepper
2 tablespoons fine ground red chili pepper
6 cloves garlic
1/2 ounce ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine
1 tablespoon anchovy sauce
3 tablespoons water
4 ounces radish greens
2 ounces mung bean sprouts
1 bunch (12 leaves) perilla (shiso) leaves
2 hot green chili peppers
Parboiled cabbage leaves
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon doenjang (Korean miso)
Rinse the bones well in cold water, then cover and soak for about 2 hours.
Drain the bones and rinse again in cold water.
Place the bones in a stock pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat.
Boil for five minutes, remove from heat, drain, and rinse again.
Slice the garlic in half from top to bottom.
Slice the ginger in medium slices.
Cut the onion white in half from top to bottom.
Cover the bones in 8 cups water, add simmer ingredients, and bring to a slow simmer over med low heat.
Simmer uncovered for two hours, adding more water as needed to maintain 3/4 the original volume.
Rinse the potatoes well in cold water.
Bring a second pot of water to a boil, add the potatoes, and cook for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat, drain, and rinse in cold water, then peel when cool enough to handle.
Bring a pot of water to a boil, add salt and cabbage, and boil 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from heat, drain, and rinse in cold water.
Bean Sprouts, Chili peppers, onion green, and Perilla Leaves:
Rinse the bean sprouts in cold water, removing the root tails and any green or brown shells around the heads.
Remove stems from chili peppers then cut into slices on a diagonal.
Chop the onion greens.
Rinse the perilla leaves in cold water, then cut into narrow strips lengthwise.
Peel the garlic and ginger then place in a blender with the water and liquefy.
Mix all paste ingredients together in a small bowl and let stand for at least fifteen minutes to let flavors develop.
Place the the sesame seeds into a dry pan over medium heat.
Cook until seeds are a light golden brown, shaking or stirring often.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Crush seeds in a mortar, pulse in a blender, or powder in a coffee grinder.
Remove the pot with the neckbones from heat.
Carefully take the bones out of the pot with tongs or a slotted spoon and set aside.
Remove remaining vegetable matter from the broth and discard.
Strain the broth into another pot.
Return the bones to the broth and bring to a boil over high heat.
Add the potatoes, doenjang paste, and the seasoning paste, then boil until potatoes are done (a chopstick or fork can pass through with little resistance).
Add the Bean Sprouts, pepper, cabbage leaves, perilla strips, sesame powder, and the sliced chili peppers and cook another five minutes.
Sprinkle with chopped onion greens and serve hot with steamed white rice and kimchi.
My dad brought a big bunch home one night and Mom did the spareribs-and-kraut recipe with them. Omigawd. Very messy to eat, had to use fingers to get in there and poke stuff loose, and when we were done we were greasy and grinning like lunatics. Never did it again, but the memory lingers...
I buy them as a foundation for gumbo. Simmer them gently in diluted chicken stock, cool, dig all the meat out and then proceed. And one of these days by golly I'm going to have them with kraut again.
Thanks for the recommendations! I am currently torn between just doing a generalized braise with veg and maybe some rice at the end, or trying an old school Italian grandma sauce. I know that traditionally, ground meats are probably used, too, but I'm on the unemployed budget and want to work with what I've got. It seems like any general tomato sauce would be great simmering with the neckbones for a day. Hmmmmmmm. I'm gonna sleep on it, double check for additional suggestions tomorrow, and make my decision then.
Im really intrigued by the Korean soup, but it seems to call for a number of ingredients that I don't have access to at the moment. :(