Pork Bone Boil Up

    2 hours 15 minutes

    A boil up is a New Zealand method of cooking that uses root veges and meat, boiled in a stockpot. Try this tasty and economical version.


    Washington, United States
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    Serves: 8 

    • 1kg pork bones
    • 2 tablespoons sea salt
    • 2 bunches of puha or watercress, halved
    • 6 potatoes, chopped
    • 6 pumpkin pieces, skin on
    • 3 kumara, chopped
    • Doughboys
    • 1 cup self raising flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup water

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours15min 

    1. Cover pork bones with water (3 inches above bones) and salt then bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour, making sure water level stays above the meat. Make doughboys by sifting flour and 1 teaspoon of salt together then add water to make a sticky dough. Set aside.
    2. Remove fat from top of stock then add watercress and simmer for 20 minutes. Add potatoes, pumpkin and kumara.
    3. Boil on high for 15 minutes then add the doughboy mixture in spoonfuls. Cook for 20 minutes until doughboys are done. Serve in soup bowls.


    You can substitute any root vegetables and most kinds of meat.

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    Is it possible to substitute the watercress which is in short supply where I live with cabbage or spinach as a cheaper alternative? Many thanks, Damian  -  10 Jan 2016


    Easy method of cooking, and I like that I can substitute ingredients for what I have on hand.  -  11 May 2012


    Woow This recipe is soooooo delicious  -  01 Jun 2015