Summer lunch recipe: how to cook a ham hock
Ham hocks are really economical and simple to make – fantastic for a summer lunch
Ham hocks have somehow gone out of style, but they are really cheap and easy to make –especially if you have a pressure cooker.
I made this one in the simplest and fastest way possible. I washed it and put it in a pressure cooker filled with 1/3 water.
I added 6 black peppercorns, 1 peeled onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 bay leaf, 1 stick of celery and 1 carrot, then cooked under low pressure for 90 minutes.
I served it with a Chinese cabbage and cucumber salad with home made mayo – and it was fantastic.
I must point out though, that the way I made it means that the hock will be pretty salty – which I personally don't mind – but if you prefer it less salty, you can soak it for a few hours before you cook it.
If you don't have a slow cooker, you can cook this in the same way in a pan on the hob – but it will take about four hours and you need to keep topping up the water to make sure it does not boil dry.
Alternatively you can oven roast ham hocks; simply score them and sprinkle on your favourite dried herbs and spices and bake in the oven at 180 degrees.
I have some left over and I am going to make something for lunch with it – have you got any suggestions as to what I should make?