Ham hock and lentils

  • for 4 people
  • Takes 20 minutes to make, 2 hours 10 minutes to cook, plus overnight soaking
  • Easy
Ham hock is a cheap cut of meat and so versatile. Use a hock to make a delicious terrine or this hearty dish.

Nutritional info per serving

Per serving: 771kcals, 23.6g fat (9g saturated), 37.3g protein, 73g carbs, 22g sugar, 5.4g salt

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1.35kg ham hock, soaked overnight in cold water
1 leek, roughly chopped
3 carrots, cut into chunks
2 celery sticks, cut into pieces
1.2 litres ham or chicken stock
600ml apple juice
Few sprigs of fresh thyme
Few fresh parsley stalks, plus 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, to serve
1 bay leaf
6 peppercorns
400g dried green lentils
3 tbsp crème fraîche, plus extra to serve
Grated zest of 1 lemon


1. Place the ham hock in a pan with the vegetables, liquids, herbs and peppercorns and season well. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer for 1½ hours or until the meat is really tender. Remove the hock from the liquid and set aside.
2. Remove the aromatics with a slotted spoon. Add the green lentils to the pan and simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, until tender.
3. Meanwhile, skin the ham hock and shred the meat from the bones. Stir the crème fraîche and lemon zest into the lentils and return the ham to the pan and reheat.
4. Serve with the parsley scattered over and an extra blob of crème fraîche if you like.

  • Stick to a red that’s smooth and reasonably light, such as Côtes-du-Rhône. Cider or a decent English pale ale would also be good.

From March 2009

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