Gifted a ham bone.. What would you do with it?

I was given the bone, which still has lots of meat on it, from a recent family jam. I sliced off big chunks of the meat, and now it's all sitting in my freezer. I usually flavor a soup with it (potatoe kale or yellow split pea). What would you do with it?

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HalfPint
HalfPint July 2, 2014

Make a ham stock and then use in soups, stews, gravies, and sauces.
http://www.blogher.com/five-ways-use-leftover-ham-bone

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Exbruxelles
Exbruxelles July 2, 2014

I'd make greens: Saute some onions, add more chopped, mixed greens --kale, chard, collard, mustard--than you think you cold possibly ever eat. Add the ham bone and water. Cover and cook over slow heat for a long time. Serve with red pepper sauce and/or vinegar if you want.

They're good for your soul.

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bigpan
bigpan July 2, 2014

Toss it into a batch of pea soup (made from scratch of course). The soup will take about 4-6 hours of simmering. Take the bone out and scrape any meat that not already not fallen off in the soup.
Buy a nice fresh crusty bread and enjoy.
(or freeze since soup is not really a summertime food)

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ChefJune
ChefJune July 3, 2014

Split Pea Soup!

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Meaghan F
Meaghan F July 3, 2014

I know you mentioned you normally use it for pea soup, but if you want to try something slightly different, give Cuban black bean soup a try: http://www.thekitchn.com...

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Pegeen
Pegeen July 3, 2014

Make beans, for rice and beans.

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savorthis
savorthis July 3, 2014

I froze the braising liquid from Momofuku's ham terrine once and used cubes of it to flavor sauces, soups, etc. It had such a great flavor and seems it would be easy to make using the bones and bits of meat. Throw in some cinnamon, star anise, garlic and bay leaf.

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Stephanie
Stephanie July 3, 2014

Love this idea too!

Stephanie
Stephanie July 3, 2014

Oh thanks everyone! I think I'll try to cut it (its big!!! Over a food long ;) and then use half soon for that black bean recipe, Meaghan and then maybe a little late a slick long greens sauté, like you suggested, Exbruxelles!
Keep the ideas rolling though!

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