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Smoked Ham Hocks with Lima Beans

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Smoked Ham Hocks with Lima Beans
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  • Makes: 8 Servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes

Try this traditional Southern dish as a soup or serve the beans and meat over a whole grain like brown rice for a more hearty meal. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pound frozen lima beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

1. Peel, rinse, and chop onion. Peel and mince garlic.

2. In a large pot over high heat, add ham hocks and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add onion and garlic. Cover and cook until meat is tender and internal temperature registers 145°F on a food thermometer, about 30-40 minutes.

3. Transfer ham hocks to a clean cutting board. Let cool.

4. Add lima beans to pot. Cook according to package directions.

5. When ham hocks are cool, shred meat from the bone, removing any fat. Return to pot. Stir in pepper. If using salt, stir in now.

Notes

Ham hocks may be salty enough already. Taste the dish before adding optional salt.

Serve this traditional southern dish like a soup or use a slotted spoon to take out the beans and meat. Serve over brown rice.

For extra flavor and color, add diced carrots and celery.

Use a leftover meaty ham bone or smoked neck bones in place of the ham hocks.

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Nutrition Information

Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 130
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 400 mg
Carbohydrates 18 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Total Sugars 1 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 12 g
Vitamin D 1 mcg
Calcium 20 mg
Iron 1 mg
Potassium 775 mg
N/A - data is not available
Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 130
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Linoleic Acid 0 g
α-Linolenic Acid 0 g
Omega 3 - EPA 0 mg
Omega 3 - DHA 0 mg
Cholesterol 10 mg
Carbohydrates 18 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Total Sugars 1 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 12 g
Minerals
Calcium 20 mg
Potassium 775 mg
Sodium 400 mg
Copper 338 mg
Iron 1 mg
Magnesium 61 mg
Phosphorus 298 mg
Selenium 25 mcg
Zinc 3 mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A 4 mcg RAE
Vitamin B6 1 mg
Vitamin B12 0 mcg
Vitamin C 6 mg
Vitamin D 1 mcg
Vitamin E 0 mg
Vitamin K 2 mcg
Folate 92 mcg DFE
Thiamin 1 mg
Riboflavin 0 mg
Niacin 4 mg
Choline 99 mg
Note: only nutrients that are available will show on this display

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Vegetables
3/4 cups
Protein Foods
2 1/2 ounces