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Got this ham bone...

post #1 of 10
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Had a couple friends over, who all love it when I rub a spiral-sliced ham with some brown sugar, cumin, and pepper and heat it up.

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?
post #2 of 10
You cannot be serious! :eek: To my way of thinking there is no better way to use a ham bone than to make a soup of some type. This is the highest praise--the ultimate honor--you can give this ingredient, whether you prefer butter beans, lentils, split peas or put it in cream of potato soup. The rest of the meat can be used for a variety of dishes, from sandwiches to scalloped potatoes with ham.
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post #3 of 10
In case nothing else comes to mind -- or as amazingrace suggests, nothing better -- you could just turn it into hambone stock. Store the stock in containers in the freezer so that you can make one of those great soups whenever the mood strikes.
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post #4 of 10
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Goodness! Well, lentil soup it is, then...
post #5 of 10
A really hearty casserole with dumplings on top.

First cook a load of veges in the stock from the ham till still a wee bit of bite left. Carrots ,swede, baby onions. Scoop them out with a strainer spoon and put in a heavy based saucepan with lots of sauted leeks.

Make a bechamel with the stock and add cream and parsley at the end. Mix into the veg and add the ham peices.


8oz self raising flour
4oz suet
Salt and lots of pepper
chopped parsley
Mix with enough cold water to make a soft dough and divide into 6-8 balls

when the casserole had come back to a very gentle simmer put the doughballs on top put on the lid and cook for 20 mins ( dont lift the lid before then or you'll get "sinkers")
"If we're not supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?" Jo Brand
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post #6 of 10
split pea soup!

Just because it's classic and the first think ya think off when ya got ham bone, don't mean it's bad! There is a REASON it's the first thing you think of:D
post #7 of 10

I need a good receipe for Ham soup...any ideas?

post #8 of 10

I'm going to have a ham bone and lamb bones do stock with this week. I may saw the bones into halves or thirds depending on the lengths.  Love that marrow.

post #9 of 10

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.

Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
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post #10 of 10

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.

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