Anyhow, I now have a big ol' ham bone plus a couple pounds of loose leftover meat. My idea was some split pea soup, and just simmer the ham bone in there along with everything else.
But I know there has to be a better use for this bone. Ideas?
Do lentils stew! The best lentils stew i ate in my life began with a 12 hours simmering broth with a ham bone inside. Unique taste.
I make ham and beans all the time. Soak your beans overnight....I use a mix of means: black, pinto, kidney, navy, etc. Drain and cook the beans for a couple hours or until soft. If you drain them again about half-way thru cooking it helps with the "gas" issue. I drain again before adding a little of everything. Diced tomatoes with juice (I use canned if I don't have any fresh available). Green and red peppers chopped. Onion (of course) and garlic. A can of green chilis. Then the ham bone with any left over ham diced up. Enough water to keep it from burning or more if you like it "soupier" Set on stove or in a casserole and let cook for at least 2 hours and overnight if you want. The longer it cooks, the better it will be. As for amounts...well...I just throw in so not sure. 1 lb of dry beans; 1 lg onion; a couple cloves of garlic chopped fine; 1 or 2 peppers; 1 can diced tomatoes....that might be close. Add whatever spices you like....turmeric, chili powder, paprika, etc. Salt and pepper to taste. I've also been known to add some frozen beets that I needed to get rid of, or some daikon, or some zucchini....etc. LOL Don't tell my family. You can make a "stew" out of this by adding any number of veggies to it.
I serve mine with homemade cornbread. My son likes it with spanish rice. My mother simply makes hers with white beans and the ham....I like a little more to mine.