Ideas for a ham hock?

Looking for ideas for using a ham hock that's not soup? Any pasta sauces or casseroles that use a ham hock? Thanks!

  • Posted by: JuliaB
  • August 19, 2014


ChefJune August 26, 2014
Oh my goodness. Last weekend at Vision Cellars' Greens Cookoff, Chef Jeff Mall of Zin Restaurant in Healdsburg, CA made a cassoulet with black eyes peas, collards, ham hocks and all manner of luscious porky charcuterie. One of the best things I've eaten in a long time.
Julie G. August 25, 2014
Anyone tried home-smoked hocks? Game changers!
trampledbygeese August 26, 2014
I bought some hocks this week for just that plan. Chickened out and tossed them in the freezer, but I figure that the next time I make bacon, I can do the hocks the same way.
Angela D. August 20, 2014
Collard greens or a big pot of navy beans.
PazzoNico August 20, 2014
Ham hock risotto would be interesting. Use the hock to make a quick stock with some aromatics (about 2 hours), pull the meat off the bone, crisp up in a pan and add to the finished risotto with some bitter greens (escarole?)...maybe some tart apples or cherries...

Ok, I'm weird.
QueenSashy August 20, 2014
no you are not... it's a lovely idea. i would make it with peas to add some freshness. or go really earthy with collards and swiss chard. i think i am going to try it this weekend
Susan W. August 20, 2014
This sounds fabulous! Great idea.
HalfPint August 19, 2014
Make a ham stock which you can then use in stews, soups, and sauces. I love black bean soup made with a ham hock.

Or you can use the ham hock to make Red Beans and Rice,

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Uncle J. August 19, 2014
Throw it in a pot of beans. Yumm! or...
It would be sacrilege, but you could make a bolognese with ham hock instead of pancetta...
QueenSashy August 19, 2014
Beans and ham hock stews are my favorite too... In the summer I like to throw in one or two fresh peppers, one or two carrots and a fresh bay leaf. In the winter dry chillies...
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