Cottage Ham | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Cottage Ham

When it comes to Ohio comfort food, Cottage Ham cooked with cabbage, red potatoes, and carrots sits at the top of the list. It's a one pot meal that's full of flavor. 

Sliced cottage ham on plate with carrots, cabbage, and potatoes, ready to eat.


I love the flavors in this simple meal of boiled Cottage Ham with cabbage, red potatoes, and carrots. It's a regional meal I've grown up with and it couldn't be any easier to make! 

If the flavor doesn't hook you in, the ease of preparation will. Everything gets thrown into a pot and is cooked together, making this the ultimate one pot meal. Serve horseradish or a grainy brown mustard on the side to complete the meal. 

Sliced cottage ham on platter with carrots, cabbage, and potatoes ready to serve.

What is a cottage ham?


A cottage ham (also known as a cottage roll) is not really a ham at all. A ham is cut from the pig's upper hind leg. A cottage ham (also known as a boneless pork shoulder butt) is cut from the shoulder of the pig.  This is the same area that you get a picnic roast or a Boston butt from, however, a cottage ham has no bone. 

This small portion of pork is cured in brine, and often smoked, then sold in most Ohio grocery stores as a "cottage ham" and packaged as you see below. For this recipe, you will want a cottage ham that has been brined and smoked.

A cottage ham tastes nothing like the fresh pork shoulder you use to make pulled pork because it is cured in brine, and often smoked, before heading to the grocery store for purchase. In fact, in my opinion, it does taste like a "ham."


How do I cook a cottage ham?


The main cooking method for this meat is boiling. Like other brined meats (think corned beef), this method of cooking helps draw out some of the salt and when cooked with vegetables, helps season them during the cooking process. I like this method best, but you can also roast, broil, or fry cottage hams. 

By using the boil method to cook this cottage hem you will find the fat melts into the meat and creates a wonderful soft mouthful full of flavor. The addition of a little vinegar in the boil, helps balance out the richness of the meat.

packaged cottage ham with raw carrots and raw cabbage on a wooden cutting board.

Cottage hams are relatively small. On the average of 1 to 3 lbs.  But cottage hams are very rich, so a small serving size is all you need per person. A three pound ham will easily feed 6-8 people. 

Ready to cook cottage ham on wooden cutting board, out of packaging

We like cottage ham cooked with cabbage, carrots, and potatoes, but cooking it with potatoes and green beans is also popular. 

white plate with serving of sliced cottage ham, carrots, cabbage, and potatoes ready to eat with salt, pepper, and horseradish in background


What do I need to make a cottage ham?


  • A heavy duty 6 quart (or bigger) dutch oven or stock pot - I like to make this cottage ham recipe in a 6 quart enamel coated dutch oven
  • All the ingredients to make this recipe : a 2 lb. smoked boneless pork shoulder butt, carrots, medium sized head of green cabbage, dried bay leaves, whole black peppercorns, redskin potatoes, salt and pepper, and horseradish, if desired.
  • Time - the boiling process does take some time. You don't want to rush it, because you will end up with a tough cottage ham if it's not cooked long enough. Give yourself at least 2 hours to make this recipe. It's not all hands on time, so you can do other things while the cottage ham dinner is cooking.

Close up of sliced cottage ham on white plate ready to eat


Can I make a cottage ham in the slow cooker?


Yes, you can make this recipe for cottage ham in the slow cooker. You will not need as much water as called for in the boiling method. To adapt to the slow cooker, first place the cottage ham into the crock and cover with enough water to go about an inch past the top of the roast. Next add in the carrots, bay leaves, peppercorns, vinegar, cabbage, and potatoes. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 to 6 hours. Cottage ham is done when it is fork tender. 

If you like your potatoes more firm, you can add them in halfway into the cooking time instead of at the beginning. 

Can I make a cottage ham in the instant pot?


I don't see why you couldn't make this cottage ham recipe in an instant pot. I have not tested this recipe in an instant pot, so I don't have cook times and pressure release advice. However, this is something I will definately look into testing and edit this post when I feel confident in my findings. 

What can I serve with this cottage ham recipe?


Since this cottage ham recipe is a one pot meal, you really don't need to add anything to complete it. Although, my husband would argue that a slice of fresh rye bread slathered in butter is the perfect accompaniment. 


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Cottage Ham, cottage ham with cabbage
main course, pork
American
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Cottage Ham

Cottage Ham

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 H & 30 Minactive time: 10 MinTotal time: 1 H & 50 M
When it comes to Ohio comfort food, Cottage Ham cooked with cabbage, red potatoes, and carrots sits at the top of the list. It's a one pot meal that's full of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. smoked boneless pork shoulder butt
  • 4 - 5 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 medium sized green cabbage, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 - 2 bay leaves
  • 2 TBSP. Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 8 - 10 redskin potatoes, quartered
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • prepared horseradish for serving, if desired

Instructions

  1. In large stock pot, add cottage ham, carrots, and cabbage. Cover with water about an inch or two above the cabbage. 
  2. Drop in peppercorns and bay leaves. Add in the cider vinegar.
  3. Bring pot up to boil, cover loosely, and simmer for about an 45 minutes. 
  4. Add in the potatoes. Loosely cover and cook another 45 minutes to an hour, or until vegetables and cottage ham are soft. 
  5. Remove vegetables and cottage ham to serving platter. Cover loosely with foil and let sit for 10 minutes. Slice the cottage ham. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper, as desired.  Serve with prepared horseradish, if desired. 

Notes:

Unfortunately, I am unable to provide nutritional information as the nutritional values for cottage ham are not in the data base and I do not have them available to me at this time.

Nutritional Information is an estimate and provided as a courtesy.

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2 comments:

  1. Yum, I wonder if my local butcher would do this next time I buy a side of pork...

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    1. Hi Inger! I think it wouldn't hurt to ask. It would need to be cured, but maybe he could do that for you as well or point you in the right direction for it! Good luck and let me know!

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