Any tips for the best things to do with a ham bone?



cookinginvictoria December 5, 2011
Tonight I made Melissa Clark's recipe for Ham Bone Soup from her new cookbook Cook It Now. (This recipe also appeared in the New York Times -- link is below). The soup is very easy to put together. You saute onions, carrots, celery and garlic in some bacon fat, then add water and your ham bone. You then cook dried beans (I used cannellini beans) in the broth and eventually add cabbage and kale. The soup is garnished with some crispy bacon. Wow, in spite of all of the humble ingredients, this soup had so much meaty, rich flavor. It was amazing -- the perfect dinner for a chilly, Sunday December evening!
aargersi December 4, 2011

we just finished off a pot of them
Sam1148 December 4, 2011
How could I forget an element of collard greens a table spoon of white vinegar about mid way through cooking.

If you start now, you could also make a condiment that's used with greens in the small green or red peppers bottled with hot vinegar and left to step for a month or so. There are quick recipes for that or commercial 'pepper sauce' with peppers in vinegar in little shaker top bottles. Just a few drops to taste on the greens when serving..the dinner does that to taste.
Sam1148 December 4, 2011
Freeze it for new year's day or eve..and make collards (or kale). Also blackeyed peas. I perfer bone with black eyed peas (or cow peas), and salt back (salted pork belly) for the greens.

As for tips for the greens...wash them very well, trim the hard stems out. Some people even use a washing machine to fill with water and slightly agitate to remove the sand from the greens and spin dry, Then trim and cut them up.
Put in the ham bone (or render some of the cubed salt pork) in a pot and add a bit of chicken stock. Chop up an onion add that, add a clove of garlic, a bit of the stock and. Wait until wilted, add more green, repeat until the greens fit in the pot. More stock to almost cover..add a tsp or two of sugar. Then cook a long time on low, so you get the 'likker'. (yes, I know, but that's the traditional way).

Doesn't Australia also have a new years tradition of hiding a coin in peas cooked with ham for New Years..and the person that gets the coin has 'luck' that year?

pierino December 4, 2011
Stock of course. But I'm thinking redbeans and rice here. You will also need a Ham hock and some smoked pork sausage.
lorigoldsby December 4, 2011
The southerners call the juices in the bottom of the ham bone pan, "pot likker"...if you still have those, brise your greens in them, if not, follow my directions for making bean soup, and use half of the stock for the greens.
aussiefoodie December 4, 2011
I'd love to try it with collards - but I've never tried that and am very unfamiliar with southern cooking - any tips?
chez_mere December 4, 2011
Soup is they way to go. I would use it for split pea, or something with kale and white beans. Or simmer it with collards in the Southern tradition.
DP December 4, 2011
I would add it as a base for stock or make a soup like:
Recommended by Food52