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Ham hock

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Ham hock

A ham hock is a thick cut of pork that comes from a pig's leg, from the area between the ham and the foot. It is the portion of the leg – also known as pork knuckle – that is neither part of the ham proper nor the foot or ankle, but rather the extreme shank end of the leg bone. Ham hocks are sometimes prepared by smoking.

The cut of meat can be cooked with greens and other vegetables or in flavourful sauces. It is often added to soups with the meat being added to the soup prior to serving.
Ham hocks, like hog jowls (pigs' cheeks), add a distinctive flavor to various dishes. This is particularly true for collard greens, mustard greens, cabbage, green beans and navy beans.

Ham hocks are essential ingredients for the distinct flavor in soul food and other forms of American Southern country cooking.

How to cook Ham Hocks

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