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Ideas for a non-smoked ham hock?

Maya Oct 2, 2011 04:07 PM

We find ourselves with one medium sized non-smoked ham hock. I thought maybe of cassoulet but haven't had any other ideas yet. Any thoughts?

  1. dave_c Oct 3, 2011 10:42 PM

    Maybe too much work for 1 ham hock, but a friend took us to a Filipino restaurant where she ordered Pata.

    Pata is a deep fried pig's feet, but first it's braised to cook and allowed to dry in the fridge. Finally it's deep fried to crisp up the skin.

    1. EM23 Oct 3, 2011 08:23 PM

      Funny that you found yourselves with a ham hock (non-smoked no less) but, if it happened to me, I would make pea soup - cook it up in some chicken stock to start..

      1. porker Oct 3, 2011 03:40 AM

        Corn soup or pozole: boil to make broth, add shredded cabbage, canned hominy, kidney beans, and diced rutabaga. Shred meat in soup, enjoy.

        Cure the hock for 9 days, rinse, serve boiled with 'kraut and boiled potatoes. Or a simple boil after the cure and into a jar with 1/2 vinegar/1/2 water to pickle.

        Bring to boil, discard water. Add fresh water and boil for 3 hours. Pull meat and add to clean container, top with boiling liquid, add splash of vinegar, cover, let cool and fridge overnight. Slice and enjoy on crackers.

        Cut hock into pieces, season with a pinch of cinnamon, ground clove, nutmeg, S&P. Pan roast (brown) in pan, remove, caramalize onion in the pan. Add hocks and water, simmer 2 hours. Thicken with burnt flour, add pork meat balls, cook until done. Serve with boiled potatoes.

        Slice hock and brine overnight. Roast on bed of onions adding water to the pan as it goes. 3 hours later, serve with mashed potatoes.

        1. sunshine842 Oct 2, 2011 10:46 PM

          any recipe where you'd use a smoked ham hock -- beans, greens, soups and stews -- only difference is the smoky flavor.

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