12 hours ago
Friday, October 21, 2011
Remember that weird smoked pork shank I received as a gift last year?
I have had many emails from readers from Ohio, saying that this is called a "Cottage Ham" in their parts. Strange that I found it in New Jersey, but the butcher is from Ohio. That makes sense.
It's all coming together now.
A few of the commenters sent me their recipe for Cottage Ham w/ Green Beans and Potatoes.
Sounded simple enough, and since I had one more smoked ham shank in the freezer, this was an easy weeknight dinner.
There's nothing much to it, except maybe finding this alien thing called a Cottage Ham.
You throw it in a pot and cover it with water and simmer the pork shank for an hour.
Add a chopped up large onion and 2 cups of fresh green beans to the pot (you have to have like well done green beans......Hank!).
Simmer this with the lid on for 45 minutes then throw in some baby new red potatoes and simmer on the stove another 45 minutes. (The pork shank needed about 2 1/2 hours to cook).
Shred the meat (it will fall off the bone) and serve over the mushy smoky green beans with the boiled potatoes.
Don't throw away the cooking liquid, it makes for a delicious soup stock.
This was delicious and I see why I got all those emails about this type of ham.
It's fun learning about foods that are from different parts of the country.
Thanks to all my Ohio readers.
PS this made wonderful sandwiches the next day on buns w/ dill pickles and honey mustard!