I always make a roast ham for Christmas Eve dinner. As part of making the ham I always boil it before I roast it. I always buy a larger joint of ham than I need and turn some of it into pot luck soup. It is a brilliant way to use vegetables and it is very tasty. I call it pot luck soup because you can really add anything to it, it depends what you have in and what you feel like. You can even add in vegetables left over from Christmas dinner. This is my recipe, but feel free to vary it and experiment. It turns out differently every time.
Pot Luck Soup
- Ham joint
- Broth mix or lentils
- 2 carrots
- 2 parsnips
- 2 leaks
- 2 onions
- half a turnip
- Cover the ham joint with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for about half an hour then cut the ham into chunks. (I keep half the joint for roasting later)
- Chop all the vegetables and add them to the pan.
- Simmer until the liquid reduces and turns into a lovely stock. This normally takes a few hours.
Serve in bowls with crusty bread. I normally make a massive pot and the soup tastes better the longer you leave it.
What do you make with your left overs?
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