Turkey and parmesan dumplings in ham broth
Wonderfully warming ham broth with picked ham hock and parmesan dumplings.
For the ham and broth:
Place the ham hock in a medium sized pot and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and discard the water.
Cover again with fresh cold water, adding the carrot, onion, celery, garlic and thyme and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium and simmer for 2.5-3 hours or until the meat is falling away from the bone.
Leave to cool for 45 minutes in the stock before picking. Pick into nice big chucks making sure to remove and fat and connective tissue. Set the meat aside, pass the remaining ham stock through a fine sieve and save for the broth.
For the dumplings, combine the turkey mince with the egg, breadcrumbs, shallot, mustard and half the chopped chive. Mince together well and roll into small ball shaped dumplings. Put to one side.
For the quail eggs, bring a pan of water to the boil and gently lower the eggs in. Cook for 2.5 minutes and remove immediately, put into a bowl under running cold water for 2 minutes before carefully peeling and halving the eggs.