Boiled Dinner With Ham Hocks and Vegetables

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Ham hocks in a tray. Lew Robertson / Getty Images
  • 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

Simple, flavorful, and cheap. These ham hocks are cooked with potatoes, making a budget-friendly meal your family will enjoy. The simplicity is what I 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.

What You'll Need

  • 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)

How to Make It

  1. 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.
  2. Add the vegetables and cook for 30 minutes longer.
  3. Skin the ham hocks and arrange them on a platter with the vegetables.

Tips and 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.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 168
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Sodium 1,554 mg
Carbohydrates 29 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 9 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)