Pork & Potato Stew

This is one of my favorite stew recipes. I made this recipe yesterday and the house smelled great all day while the broth was simmering. A fresh pork hock (also known as a ham hock) is perfect for soups and stews and deserves more credit than its given. This cut is from the leg area directly below the ham and has a large bone and good quantity of meat. After simmering in the broth the meat is tender and easily pulls apart. A hock can be used in a recipe that calls for a ham bone – want the smokey cured flavor? Just add a few of slices of bacon!

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Pork & Potato Stew

Not your typical potato soup. A little spicy, a little sweet, and a lot of flavor.
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Laura Tidrick


  • Stock Pot or Crock Pot


For the Broth

  • 1 Mossycup Farms Pork Hock or 2lbs pork bones
  • 1 Pork Trotter
  • 5 quarts Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Onion large, sliced
  • 4 stalks Celery
  • 3 cloves Garlic

For the Stew

  • 1 bunch Celery
  • 1 Onion large
  • 5 Purple Potatoes
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 1 lb Spicy Italian Sausage
  • 4 slices Bacon
  • Pork Reserved from Hocks
  • 1 can Coconut Milk or Coconut Cream
  • Cabbage optional, chopped
  • 2 Carrots optional, chopped
  • 1 bunch Spinach optional
  • 1 bunch Kale optional


  • Rinse hock and trotter well and add to stock or crock pot along with water, salt, onion, garlic, and celery over medium-high heat.
  • Once the water begins to boil, reduce heat to low and continue to simmer for 4 - 8 hours, stirring occasionally. Can be simmered longer, up to overnight.
  • Remove broth from heat source and strain through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a clean pot. Reserve meat from hock for later use.
  • While the broth is cooking, prepare the stew ingredients. Brown the Italian Sausage and remove from pan. Chop celery and onion and saut√© in reserved fat from the Italian Sausage until onion is translucent.
  • Chop purple and sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and bacon into bite-sized chunks and add to broth along with celery and onion. Cook over medium heat until the potatoes are soft.
  • Add Italian Sausage, reserve pork hock meat, and coconut milk. Cook until well heated.