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GRATTECIELLA SparkPoints: (35,440)
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12/18/12 3:31 P

Thank you all for the suggestions. I have kosher (vegetarian) bacon bits. I'll have to try beef shanks (once I figure out what they are) and Jenny-O turkey ham, which was suggested as well.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,905
12/18/12 7:43 A

Try beef shanks in the soup,,,they are tastey..dont see them ask the butcher. Here is a good soup ...quick ^ easy

Beef Shank Soup

1-2 beef shanks, Cut into strips or small cubes
Dash of Sea Salt or Kosher salt and a dash of Black Pepper
1 medium onion, diced or quartered
1-2 stalks celery, sliced thinly
1 full can of Veg All(TM) with Liquid from can, and 2 additional cans of water
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoons Cumin
1 Beef Bouillion Cube
Sprinkle of dried parsley

Mix everything together in a large soup pot. Bring soup to a boil, turn down and simmer for 2 hours until the beef shank is tender.
If you prefer, cook 6-8 hours in a crock pot on low.
For variation you may add 1 can of stewed or diced tomatoes and 1/4 cup of Barley and also to make it hearty and more healthy.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 12/18/2012 (07:46)
NIRERIN Posts: 12,036
12/18/12 7:20 A

read the labels of bacos and the competition as some of them are actually vegan [no animal products whatsoever]. so you could use those in place of hocks, just sprinkle them in and let them dissolve.

and pancetta is really going to depend on the dish and how it's actually being used. if you can find [or your butcher can make] beef sausage then you could use that. there are also some fairly tasty meat subs on the market that you could use as well. or you could also just add more spices and oil/fat at the beginning to add more flavor.

ACKWARDATTIMES Posts: 140
12/18/12 12:17 A

Not sure if you want the smoke flavor or saltyness of the ham hock to substitute? I am not a kosher eater so I am not sure any of my tips would work but I have found my self in a bind from time to time with no ham hock or bacon for my beans and have used the following at different times, not all at once.

Liquid smoke a few drops mixed with water go along way..used in lentil stew for the smoke flav since I did not have smoked sausage.

Brewers yeast (or nutritional yeast) I use everyday in soups and stews instead of broth or boullion (boullion has too many additives and preservatives for us) you just add in a spoonful or two or more depending on the flavor you are going for makes a really good bean soup broth to cook the beans in with a little salt and seasonings. If you add liquid smoke drops with the yeast i bet it would totally replace a ham hock! totally vegan too! I have to try that,....

I also use marrow bones from cows but I go to a good butcher since I am cooking the marrow into the soup...not sure if this one is kosher though.

Good luck! Beans are hard to mess up!

Aarons Beef fry I have heard is a substitute for pancetta. Its beef bacon so kosher right?!

GRATTECIELLA SparkPoints: (35,440)
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12/17/12 11:23 P

I love to cook, but we eat kosher-style in my home (so no pork and no shellfish). Tonight I made a white bean soup, but of course, I couldn't add the ham hocks.

Does anyone have a good non-pork (and non-shellfish) substitute for ham hocks in a soup recipe?

What about a substitute for something like pancetta in a pasta? Would turkey bacon be a good swap?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Edited by: GRATTECIELLA at: 12/18/2012 (00:29)
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