Good food, satisfying and filling meals are really about the quality of the ingredients. The better the quality, the tastier the meal. The better the quality, the simpler the ingredients.
And this recipe is the perfect example of that! A good piece of smoked meat and some fresh vegetables, that is all you need to get the ultimate flavour experience.
Take a good quality Ham Hock, Ham Shank or Stinco di Maiale, as they call it here.
I can't begin to tell you how much the name amused me when I first bought it...
Add some good quality seasonal vegetables and allow them to cook in the wonderful smoky broth and hey, presto, the perfect comfort food.
My inspiration came from the help of Frank Fariello who did some research upon my request for help, and came up with the recipe below!
And that's just what I cooked.
My Ham Hock came in a box, already pre-boiled. But if you are cooking yours from scratch, make sure to cook the ham for 90 mins before adding your veggies.
The recipe couldn't have been easier!! Just make sure all your veggies are in season.
I made this for a Dinner Party.
I served some Antipasto, instead of a Primo. Such as Parmesan Cheese Shavings with Balsamic Vinegar:
The meat was so tender and the vegetables so flavourful!
Hope you try it!!
Ham Hock/Shank with Vegetables or Stinco di Maiale Con le Verdure
4 pork shanks weighing about a pound (450 g) each
4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into rounds
2 large onions, peeled and finely sliced
400 gs of green beans
400 gs of Brocolli forets
A small head of Savoy cabbage, cut into thin strips
Salt and pepper to taste
Some boiled potatoes cooked aside and served with meat and veg
If not pre-boiled...
Wash the shanks and put them in a pot with cold water to cover. Bring the pot to a slow boil and simmer the shanks, covered, for 90 minutes.
When the time is up season them to taste with salt and pepper and add the carrots and onions.