Boiled Dinner With Ham Hocks and Vegetables

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Ham hocks in a tray. Lew Robertson / Getty Images
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
168 Calories
3g Fat
29g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 168
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 1554mg 68%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 9g
Calcium 115mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Simple, flavorful, and cheap. These ham hocks are cooked with potatoes, making a budget-friendly meal your family will enjoy. The simplicity is what we love about this boiled dinner, and everyone else will love the flavor.

Feel free to use a picnic ham in this recipe in place of the ham hocks. A picnic ham (smoked shoulder) takes about 20 to 25 minutes per pound. Add the vegetables about 30 minutes before the ham should be done.


  • 4 meaty ham hocks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (peeled and quartered)
  • 4 medium turnips (white, peeled and quartered)
  • 2 to 3 large carrots (halved lengthwise then crosswise)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Put ham hocks in a large Dutch oven or stockpot; cover with water. Add the bay leaves, garlic, salt, and pepper; cover and simmer for 2 hours.

  3. Add the vegetables and cook for 30 minutes longer.

  4. Skin the ham hocks and arrange them on a platter with the vegetables.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • A smoked pork shoulder or picnic ham may be substituted for the ham hocks. Cook a picnic ham for about 25 minutes per pound. Add the vegetables 30 minutes before it's done. A smoked shoulder will serve 6 to 8, so increase the vegetables, if desired.
  • Replace the white turnips with a medium rutabaga, cut into chunks.
  • Add a large onion, sliced, to the ham hocks along with the bay leaf and seasonings.
  • Replace the sweet potatoes with red-skinned potatoes, or add them to the pot in addition to the sweet potatoes.