Garbure (French Ham & Vegetable Stew)
This is a yummy, hearty, flavorful meal that evokes the memories of dining in the south of France.
The key to the rich flavor of this peasant soup is the smoked ham hock. Be sure to purchase a meaty cross-cut hock (which looks like an osso buco-cut shank); other hocks offer little meat. Or look for a smoked pork shank. The soup-stew is so thick with beans, leeks, root vegetables, and cabbage that you can almost eat it with a fork. And it's the type of dish that gets better with each successive reheating.
Hands On: 25 Minutes
Total: 9 Hours, 30 Minutes (or use a pressure cooker to melt the smoked pork from the hock and it's MUCH quicker!)