Despite the fact December is one day away, the weather has once again fooled us all! Thanksgiving has come and gone, and it’s still warm. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about the weather, but something we can control are those leftovers singing loudly in your fridge. You can get creative with leftovers, quick flashback to the Leftover Smoked Brisket Pizza, circa July 4, 2016.
If some of those Thanksgiving leftovers just so happen to be a hambone with a small bit of ham, DO NOT DISCARD of it! This Hearty Hambone Soup will replace any thought in your mind that the hambone should find its way into a big pot of beans, or the trash.
There doesn’t appear to be a lot of meat on the hambone, and to be honest, there’s a lot less than I expected when I removed it from the fridge. Clearly, the Food Monster has been here! If your hambone looks like the one in the picture, no worries, it’s just enough meat to cut off the hambone and dice to toss over in the Hearty Hambone Soup.
The most important part is covering the hambone completely with water, bringing it to a boil, then turning down the heat allowing it to simmer for at least one hour (that is your cue to start this Hearty Hambone Soup early if you want to warm your loved one’s minds, bodies and souls with dinner). While simmering, the hambone will become fragrant and it will result in a hambone stock that no canned variety could even attempt to touch with a ten foot pole.
Most of the prep time will be spent slicing and dicing the potatoes, carrots, celery and onions. I opted to use Yukon Gold Potatoes, but Red potatoes or Russet potatoes will work too! Just make sure the potatoes are smaller so they do not soak up all of your stock. If you decide to use larger potatoes, you will want to decrease the number used.
So, if you find yourself in need a hearty meal on a cold night that will warm, sooth and satisfy your soul, this Hearty Hambone Soup should be your go to dish. A big pot of beans is always still an option too, but that’s not my style. If you cannot live without the thought of having beans, add 1 cup of canned white kidney beans to recipe. Just make sure to dial back the number of potatoes.
One bowl of this Hearty Hambone Soup is enough, but you won’t be able to stop. The longer this soup simmers, the more pronounced the flavors will be. Move over chili AND beans, your services are no longer necessary – there’s a new bowl of Hearty Hambone Soup in town!
Hearty Hambone Soup
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Additional 1 Hour to Make Hambone Stock
- 1 Leftover Hambone, leftover ham removed and diced
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 5 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and diced*
- 4 Stalks of Celery, chopped
- 3 Carrots, peeled and cut
- 1 Medium Onion, chopped
- 3 Garlic Cloves
- 1 Package of Frozen Corn
- 1 tsp Fresh Thyme, chopped
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 1/2 Cup Leftover Ham, diced
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
- Kosher Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Remove leftover ham from hambone and dice, cover and set aside. Place hambone in a heavy bottom pot and cover completely with water – about 6 cups. Bring the pot to a boil, then turn down to simmer for at least one hour.
- Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add potatoes, celery, carrots, onions and garlic to pot. Stir until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in ham stock, corn, thyme and bay leaves.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Stir in ham and cook about 3 minutes. Season with kosher salt and pepper, to taste.
- Stir in cream and allow soup to simmer for up to an additional hour. Add more salt and pepper, if necessary, and serve.
Note*: 1 Cup of White Kidney Beans can be added to the recipe, but be sure to dial back the amount of potatoes that you add.
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