Portuguese Ham Hock and Cabbage Stew

"Our next door neighbor was Portugese and married to man from Spain. She made this frequently for us. She cooked it really slow and it is delicious. Spoke to my mom and she said that the original was made with regular, non-smoked hocks."
photo by a food.com user photo by a food.com user
Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • Combine the oil ,garlic, onion over medium heat until light golden color. Add the cabbage and continue to saute for 2 minutes. Add the ham hocks, drained chickpeas and salt. Continue to stir for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the stock . Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium to low. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 2 1/2 hours. Skim off any fat that rises to the surface.
  • You can substitute good bacon instead of hocks if you'd like. You can also add some white potatoes. I've even made it without any meat at all. Don't substitue Savoy cabbage for any other. Recipe needs this kind.
  • Cook 1 cup white rice separately in a pot filled with at least 4 cups water until done.Should look like soup. Drain rice, scoop out and place in stew.

Questions & Replies

Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Awesome recipe! Made it with the leftovers from our smoked christmas ham. Incredibly rich, but also incredibly delicious!


<p>I love Recipezaar! The recipes and people have helped me create dishes I would never have done by myself. I finally have gotten the knack of bread (which I love) because of this site. I am on the go workaholic who loves cooking and serving good fresh food to my family. Brought up with Italian food. Inspired by my grandmother who I should have paid more attention to while she was cooking and baking. Mother is a very good cook and a little sneaky. Liver, rabbit, duck, tripe, lamb and meat family would get on hunting trips was served often. Can't really do that with my family as they don't like these different dishes as I do and have protested. Family from Chieti &amp; Naples Italy. My pet peeve is overcooking pasta. I like it al dente everytime and never add sugar to my tomato sauce. My motto is I would rather have a little of a good , natural thing than a lot of no-fat low-fat stuff.</p>
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes