James St Cookery School: Ham hock with red cabbage and a butternut squash and parsnip cassoulet

James St Cookery School: Ham hock with red cabbage and a butternut squash and parsnip cassoulet

WITH restaurants having been closed over the last couple of months, you may be running out of fresh new ideas for a tasty evening meal. This week’s recipes have you covered, though; they are perfect for supper and are packed full of flavour.

Now that there is a glimmer of hope for hospitality reopening, we hope to welcome you back to our own restaurant very soon.


(Serves 4–6)

2 ham hocks (approx 1.5kg each)


1 red cabbage, cored and finely shredded

2 onions, sliced

4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

2 sprigs thyme

60g raisins

Pinch of nutmeg

Pinch of ground cinnamon

300ml white wine vinegar

600ml vegetable stock

Salt and black pepper


Preheat the oven to 160C. Place the ham hocks in a pot covered with water. Put the lid on and simmer for one hour. Remove the ham and keep the cooking liquid.

Place ham on a board and allow to rest. Once cool, remove the skin and discard it. Place the ham in a casserole dish and add in all the other ingredients. You can use some of the cooking liquid with the vegetable stock for extra flavour.

Make sure both hams are well covered. Season with salt and pepper, place lid on and put in the oven for two hours, checking occasionally and turning if dry.

After two hours, remove and shred the ham and stir in with the rest of the vegetables.

Best served with a baked potato.


(Serves 4)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, finely diced

1 tsp ground cloves

2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped

2 celery sticks, finely chopped

1 bay leaf

450g butternut squash, chopped into bite–size pieces

450g parsnips, sliced into bite–size rounds

250ml white wine

2 sprigs thyme

400g tinned tomatoes

250g Breton coco beans

900ml warmed vegetable stock

To garnish and serve:

About 30g Parmesan cheese, grated

125g breadcrumbs

1 tbsp parsley, chopped


Preheat the oven to 180C. Heat oil in a heavy–bottomed casserole dish with a lid; cook the onion and garlic for three to four minutes.

Season with salt and pepper, add the cloves, carrots, celery and bay leaf and cook on a low heat for eight to 10 minutes.

Add in the butternut squash and parsnip and cook for a few more minutes. Add in the wine, increase the heat and bring to the boil, then reduce heat again to a simmer.

Add in thyme, tomatoes, beans and stock and bring back to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and season to taste. Then place lid on and place in oven for 40 minutes.

Add garnish ingredients to a bowl and mix. Sprinkle over the cassoulet and pop back into oven for 20 minutes.

Remove lid and cook for a further 10 minutes until topping golden. Ladle into warmed bowls and serve.

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24 April, 2021 01:00 LIFE

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