I'd like to make a vegetarian version of a ham and navy bean soup that used to be one of my favorites. Any suggestions for a vegetarian substitution for ham hock? Other ingredients for the soup are navy beans, yellow onions (a lot!), garlic, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, carrots, lemon, salt and pepper.

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hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour January 6, 2011

liquid smoke and some veggie oil. Read the info for vegetarian version at the bottom of the recipe at this link http://www.gumbopages.com/food/red-beans.html#veggie

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aargersi
aargersi January 7, 2011

I like to add tamari and/or miso to vegetarian dishes - I think it adds a sort richness that emulates meatiness

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mrslarkin
mrslarkin January 7, 2011

Crank up the umami! Miso paste or a hunk of parmigiano Reggiano rind would lend a really great flavor to the beans. (cheese is vegetarian, no?)

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lastnightsdinner
lastnightsdinner January 7, 2011

I love adding a little smoked paprika in meatless dishes in place of ham or bacon.

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Queen of Spoons
Queen of Spoons January 7, 2011

I find that just a little bit of a canned chipotle pepper - or even just a bit of the adobo sauce from the can adds a nice smoky hint when I'm dropping ham or bacon out of a recipe for vegetarians.

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matt_walsh
matt_walsh January 7, 2011

bacos

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spiffypaws
spiffypaws January 7, 2011

When I go veg., I add some garbonzo beans in place of the ham and hot smoked paprika.

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Eggplayer
Eggplayer January 8, 2011

I'm thinking that Tofurky Kielbasa chopped up fine might be a good substitution to get that "pork" flavor for your bean soup.

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veghead
veghead January 8, 2011

There is something called Fakin' Bacon. Don't let the name fool you - it isn't one of those awful processed fake meat products. It is essentially smoked tempeh strips. I add it to soups and stews all the time to give it a smoky flavor that is sometimes missing in veg dishes.

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