Cow foot soup – slowly simmered with spices, yam – fatty, gelatinous, spicy and truly a delight.
Cow foot soup is not everyone’s dish; however, those who take pleasure eating cow foot would delight in this Caribbean version. It is the perfect time to make this dish because it is comforting during these cold winter months.
I know most Westerner’s cringe at the idea of consuming cow feet or the feet of any animal. However, in many parts of the world – Africa, Caribbean, South America and Asia the feet are part of a meal and are consumed as protein (meat) or use to flavor soups, stews or any dish that is in need of flavor.
Here, I made a one-pot meal that is sure to please even those with discerning palate – even you! Yes you.
I see you thumbing your nose at these. Be careful, I am Mama Bear. I might just get out of this screen and get you. Okay, just kidding. I am a lover not a fighter.
Fatty, gelatinous, spicy and oozing with marrow, you know you want to try it. Come on. Give it it a go – I promise it won’t bite!
Cow foot soup can be prepared in many different ways, it all depends on your country of origin and the spices you have on hand. In this recipe, I used basic ingredients like smoked paprika, garlic, onions, pepper, cayenne, thyme and green onions. You can use some ethnic ingredients with this one. To make it a complete meal, I added yams, Caribbean yellow yams, or Ghana yams would work or sub with plantains, cassava or potatoes.
You may just throw everything together except for the yams and let it cook for about 2 hours or more or to activate the flavors, sauté onions, spices and then add cow foot. You can use your slow cooker for this – it takes about 6-8 hours slowly cooked
Cow Foot Soup
- 3 –3 1/2 pounds cow foot
- 1 pound yam or plantain
- 1 large onion diced
- ½ cup diced celery
- 2-3 green onion chopped
- 3 thyme sprigs
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 8-12 ounce carrot sliced
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1 scotch bonnet pepper optional
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a large heavy bottom sauce pan with about 2 tablespoon s oil then add onions, celery and sauté for about a minute or two
- Add all the spices paprika, garlic, cayenne pepper, thyme, bouillon and salt to taste. Stir for another minute, throw in the cow foot, continue stirring for about 2 minutes add a little bit of water if needed.
- Gently add about 8 -10 cups of water to the pot, bring to a boil and simmer for about 2 -3 hours.
- About 20 minutes before it is ready add yam ,carrot and green onion– cook until yam is tender. Adjust seasonings and thickness of soup.
- Serve warm