Ham Hocks... Soups & Jelly With Lots Of Chicken Livers

Discussion in 'Nose to Tail' started by smoking b, May 7, 2014.

  1. Ok I've still been busy with family matters but knew I was gonna have some time today. Once again I need to make stuff to get me through the week & I told Foam that I would make something for him with the ham hocks that I smoked so here I go...

    I got into my bean stash last night & put some red & black beans to soak.

    Today I got a piece of my Hot Italian sausage & a piece of smoked Andouille out of the freezer.

    I cut them up

    & started to cook them in the bottom of a kettle.

    I got them browned up really good & cooked through then removed them & saved for later. I made sure to let all the awesomeness stay in the bottom  [​IMG]

    Moving along I cut up some onion

    pepper & garlic.

    I put them all in the bottom of the kettle with the flavor from the browned sausage.

    I added a wee bit of oil (less than a Tbsp) & let them cook till they cleared up.

    At this point I added roughly a pint of my chicken stock to the mix

    & got out one of the ham hocks I smoked.

    Some spices were calling to me so I added them,

    the ham hock,

    & the red beans I had soaked.

    I brought it to a nice boil then turned it down to a simmer.

    As the initial foam came to the top I got rid of it then left things go stirring from time to time...

    With the first soup going I took another hock I smoked & put it in a pot along with some carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaves, all spice berries, salt, thyme & various peppercorns...

    Next I chopped up more onion, pepper & garlic

    & put it in a different kettle with another hock

    & the black beans I soaked.

    I found this olive oil which I really, really like so I added a bit of it for flavor to this batch...

    After the oil I added salt, pepper & water & put it on the stove to start.

    I added water to my pot & got it on the stove as well.

    & here is everything all going nicely now - at this point the whole house is starting to smell great!  [​IMG]
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  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am with ya. Liking it so far.

  3. After the soups had cooked for several hours I mixed up some soda bread

    & formed & scored it.

    I also got some rice started

    as I put the bread in the oven.

    Bread done,

    Rice done.
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  4. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey Jeremy!

    Just popped into the forum for a quick looksy, and the title of your post grabbed me!  I mean, you had me at ham hocks, but then chicken livers just sealed the deal!!

    I'm looking forward to the chicken livers making their grand entrance.  But until then, everything is looking great!  A pot of beans with a smoked ham hock and some aromatics is home cooking at its best.  

    Looking forward to seeing the rest!  Thanks and have a great night...

  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You know when I saw the thread's title below, I knew who was cooking before I even got here. I love it you cook like a chef and talk like a country boy. Oh yeah! I bet Julia Childs would have loved ya!

    I didn't want to miss this!
  6. Yup I was pigging out - it came out nice...
  7. Thanks Clarissa  [​IMG]   I got held up eating but am putting up more pics now...
    Ha! I am a country boy for sure Foam!  I think you'll be satisfied with how it all ends up  [​IMG]
  8. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As per usual SB, very nice.... Thumbs Up
  9. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    How many people are you feeding?[​IMG]  

    Looks great & closely related to some soups I make from time to time.Pretty universal cooking style. Pity more people don't embrace it rather than opening a can.

    I love the look of that soda bread.

    Getting towards soup weather here .
  10. Ok now that I ate it's time to continue...

    Soup #1 coming along nicely

    Soup #2 coming along nicely.

    Milk & egg mixture I made for the chicken livers.

    & here are the chicken livers I acquired - pretty nice ones  [​IMG]

    I made a breading for them with flour, garlic, pepper, dried Cherry Bomb that I grew & ground Habanero that I grew - it's a good all-purpose breading  [​IMG]

    Dipped, breaded & ready to go.

    Frying away. I like to give them roughly 5 minutes - not any longer than that.

    Just out & cooling down enough to eat.

    [​IMG]   Yumm Yumm!  [​IMG]   A very nice snack while I finish the soup...
  11. Thanks man  [​IMG]
    Thanks man  [​IMG]   Lol  it's just me - I had to make enough to get me through the rest of the week again while helping out my grandma.  I make a lot of that soda bread. It bakes for about 45 minutes & you don't have to let it rise so from the time I start it till I am taking it out of the oven is under an hour  [​IMG]  
  12. chestnutbloom

    chestnutbloom Smoking Fanatic

    Oh how I love chicken livers. Yours look and sound amazing!  [​IMG]

  13. Ok I pulled the hock from soup #1 to remove the bone.

    I also took out a few spoons of beans to smoosh & add back in...

    Meat from the 1st hock ready to add back to the soup.

    Meat from the 2nd hock ready to add back to the soup - the bones are now reserved for something else...

    Meat back in soup #2 with the black beans.

    & meat back in soup #1 with the red beans - I also added the sausage back in at this point & a nice dose of Cajun seasoning that I made...

    After I let the soups thicken a little more it was time to eat  [​IMG]

    Here is a serving of soup #1 - the red bean soup. I added some rice to the middle & some soda bread on the side - the soda bread is a good pairing with this. I finished off the rest of the chicken livers with this soup as well...

    Nice view of the soup...

    Last few chicken livers.

    Nice view of the beans, meat & sausage all here... This was a very good soup - rich, full of flavor & filling.

    & here is soup #2 - the black bean soup.

    This was also a very good soup.

    Completely different flavor profile of course but still rich & satisfying.

    Here is a very nice view of the goodness.

    Both these soups are nice hearty hunger killers & should see me through the rest of the week nicely  [​IMG]

    I will be back with the jelly...
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  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great Jeremy! I have a few nice ham hocks in the freezer just waiting for one of those dreary days to make some soupy goodness!
  15. Thanks man  [​IMG]   They make great snacks like that!  [​IMG]
  16. Ok time for the jelly  [​IMG]

    Here is the meat from the last hock.

    & here is the broth from cooking it after I strained it a few times...

    Broken up & ready to go...

    I try to keep the meat somewhat lined up as I get a cleaner slice when I do it that way...

    Adding the "jelly"

    Ready to put in the fridge till tomorrow...

    Updates to follow...
  17. Thanks Case  [​IMG]   I'll keep an eye out for a thread... 

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  18. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Jeremy, evening.... everything looks delish..... especially the livers.... I really like c. livers.... have them a lot..... one thing....
    I never ever thought of shallow frying them.... One more thing in the bucket to do now.....

    You ever done cow liver like that.... neighbor brought me over another liver, tongue and heart last week.... great neighbor....
  19. Thanks Dave  [​IMG]   I like frying them up that way since it's quick & saves me a lot of grease compared to using a deep fryer.

    It sounds like you do have a great neighbor! Yeah I've done them too but I cut them up into smaller pieces first so they cook quickly & evenly.

    A couple quick words of advice though... Make sure you have a grease spatter shield & use it & put the liver in the grease with something other than your hands - those things can give a pop with absolutely no warning & make a mess and/or burn you. I had my spatter shield off long enough to snap that pic then it went right back on.[​IMG]  
    Last edited: May 8, 2014
  20. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First I see the red beans and rice w/ a couple of livers there on the side. Most folks don't realize the relationship between fried protein with the starch and fiber of the beans and rice. Its just like the relationship with peas and carrots!  People here will fry 2 or 3 shrimp, or oysters, or anything in a small amount to go with beans and rice.

    I see the hock meat and the gelatin, I am assuming a hock terrine? That would be totally awesome! Don't think its head cheese with that nice plastic wrap liner in there. I bet the hock would make some awesome head cheese though. Never thought about it before. Course I am assuming the pigs around here are raised without hocks they just walk around on the shanks cause you can find a fresh hock anywhere!


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