Fall typically means its time to bring out my soup pot and fill it with the last of the Summer Vegetables and then enjoy the aroma throughout the home on a drizzly day. Terry was out cutting the lawn and said that every time he went by the kitchen window that was open a crack, he caught a whiff and his mouth kept watering. The leaves on the oak tree are not at all colored yet, this is a cheatin' picture from last fall. I didn't think you'd want to be met with my ham hock upon opening my blog today.
Ah, there you are. I went to the butcher and asked for a smoked ham hock. You can also use a small ham with a bone in it, or the bone that is left after you've had a ham for a dinner is perfect. Cover the ham just barely with water. Okay, I confess this is one of those recipes that are a little loose on exact measurements .. .just pretend you're an Mennonite Oma and start cooking.
Simmer the smoked bone or ham hock for a few hours.
Chop up some green beans. I used about 6 cups for this pot of soup. Now this made a big pot of soup so if you want to make a small pot save some of the broth for the soup and put the rest in the freezer for the next time you need some soup.
I also added about 4 potatoes, cubed and a chopped onion.
I used a bay leaf and about 5 whole allspice and 8 black peppercorns.
You will need a handful of fresh parsley and some summer savory. Summer savory is papakrut (German). You'll need a few teaspoons of the summer savory. If you have fresh summer savory, all the better. You would need a small handful of it.
I also added about 5 chopped carrots. Simmer all the vegetables for about 1/2 and hour and then add the spices. Simmer for an hour and then taste it and decided if you want to add some salt. I added a good teaspoon to my large pot of soup.
Serve it with a dollop of sour cream. Okay, now I'm looking at my instructions and again wondering how you make yours. I know there are many variations of Mennonite recipes and I'd love to know if you have more specific quantities. If you do, please leave them in the comments so that others can benefit from them. I'm sure they would be appreciated.
Thank you so much for all the kind comments and emails yesterday. The funeral is being held today in Germany.
Have a wonderful day my friends.