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    Default A scaled down boiled dinner

    I'm not sure if this is in the right place but here goes!

    A traditional boiled dinner is one of those dishes that seems to work best for a large family. I use this scaled down version of a traditional boiled dinner in my kitchen.

    It's more of a process than a recipe.

    I use a three quart pot with a tight fitting lid.

    A steaming liquid consisting of:
    2 cups of water
    1 envelope of Goya Ham bouillon powder
    a couple of whole cloves
    freshly ground black pepper
    a sprinkle of caraway seeds

    Next I add whatever vegetables I have on hand, things like.
    1/2 cabbage, cut into quarters
    2 carrots cut into large chunks
    6 small whole potatoes or a couple of larger potatoes cut into quarters
    1 medium onion cut into 6ths
    2 ribs of celery cut into chunks
    etc...

    Finally I top off the pot with a chunk or two of meat, it could be a vacuum packed ham steak, a ring of kielbasa, smoked hocks, knockwurst, etc...

    Put the lid on the pot, bring it to a boil and turn the heat back to a simmer for 25-30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

    This is more than one or two people can eat at a single meal. At my house the leftover vegetables are reheated and buttered as sides for another meal. The broth and some of the meat gets saved, in the freezer, for a pot of bean soup. Finally the last of the vegetables and meat are chopped to make hash for breakfast or dinner.

    Don't forget the other half of that cabbage, get out the old knuckle buster grater and make a bowl of cabbage salad!

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    I have never heard of ham bullion powder. Where do you buy it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlybird View Post
    I have never heard of ham bullion powder. Where do you buy it?
    In this part of the world all of the major grocery chains have a GOYA foods section. It sells for about $1.00 for ten packets that each season two cups of liquid. I use it in split pea or bean soup when I don't have much smoked meat to add. I'm sure it is not a very healthful product, sort of a better living through chemistry product. The good news is that no pigs were harmed in the process of making it!!!

    Give it a try!

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    We have Goya in the hispanic stores so maybe next time I have to get "real tamales" mom,I will look there. I know chicken and beef but i think that would be good for pea soup too.

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    thanks Aunt Bea - we have veg, chicken and beef here that i know of. I have seen the Goya name so will ask when i shop next.

    we don't use bullion regularly but it does add flavor.

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    I believe the Better Than Bullion brand also makes a ham flavor. It comes in a jar as a paste, and is full of salt, of course, but made with real meat and vegetables cooked down. 1 jar makes 38 cups of stock, and costs about $5.
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    I have beef, chicken, and ham base (the paste type one).

    I also can my own ham stock, so would use that instead of the ham bouillon for the base flavor.

    Will have to take a closer look at the Goya section the next time I am at the grocery store. We also have several hispanic grocery stores locally that probably carry it.

    Thanks for the base recipe! When I think boiled dinner, I tend to think of corned beef.
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