New England Boil Dinner or Boiled Smoked Pork Shoulder Dinner
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New England Boil Dinner or Boiled Smoked Pork Shoulder Dinner. A one pot dish that is easy to prepare and inexpensive too.
Recipe type: Dinner, Pork, One Pot Dish, St. Patrick's Day
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 582g or 1.25 lb. smoked pork shoulder
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 medium parsnip
  • 2 turnips or kohlrabi or 1 small celeriac
  • ¼ head of cabbage
  • 3 large potatoes
  • 2 medium carrots
  • salt if needed and to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 pepper corns
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 6 all spice
  • 2 cloves
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 6-10 cups water, or enough to cover the meat
  • extra water if needed
To Serve:
  • mustard
  • horse radish
  • bread
  1. In a large pot place the smoked pork and add water. Water should be enough to cover the meat. Add all of the spices, bring to a boil, turn heat down, cover and allow to simmer for one hour. While the pork is simmering peel and cut all of the vegetables into even sized pieces. The cabbage should be cut into 4 pieces. Set vegetables aside.
  2. After the hour taste the broth and adjust the seasonings if needed. Next gently place all of the vegetables into the simmering pot. Make sure most of the vegetables are covered with water or add more if needed. Bring to a boil and simmer until vegetables are soft.
  3. Gently drain the meat and vegetables. (see note) Slice the pork and serve with vegetables alongside it. Don't forget the mustard and horse radish too.
The meat and vegetables are drained from the cooking broth. Nearly all recipes tell you to discard the broth. I found that it tasted delicious! It can be used as a base for soup or you could do like I did and served the meal with a bit of broth at the bottom. Your choice but do taste before throwing it away.
Recipe by Spicie Foodie ™ at