When you go to most dining places in Spain, you will often find lacón on the menu.  It is essentially a cooked ham that is sliced and drizzled with olive oil with a sprinkle of paprika.  When I discovered smoked pork hocks, I had found something very similar to that which is served in Spain.


A 1.5 kilo pork hock will feed 4 people as a good-sized appetizer (with some fresh bread on the side to soak up all the lovely olive oil).  Keep in mind that there is a lot of waste:  the bone, the thick skin, fat, but all of that is what contributes to the flavour of the meat.



Once the meat is cut up, the rest is simple.  In a hot pan or on a grill, grill the meat on both sides so it has a bit of colour.  Place it on a serving dish, lightly sprinkle with some sweet paprika and give it a good drizzle of a nice olive oil.


This is the easiest, tastiest addition to any meal.


author: Eve@DivineDiuum


1.5 kilo ham hock

3 Tbsps olive oil

1 tsp sweet paprika


1.  Lightly fry the ham in 1 Tbsp of olive oil.

2.  Arrange meat on a dish.

3.  Drizzle remaining olive oil over meat.

4.  Sprinkle with paprika.

5.  Serve appetizer with fresh bread.

Calories 363

Protein   26.9 g

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