Remove tough stems from field cress. Wash and pat leaves dry. Place field cress, water, and ham hock in a small Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and cook over low heat 25 minutes. Drain well.
My parents grew cresses at the end of the garden season in the fall. I can still hear my Mom asking people if they would like a mess of cresses. This year I got a mess of them. It takes some time to clean these babies but so worth it. I can't get or may need to ask but my little organic place doesn't have ham hocks. I got a pack of bacon pieces and browned that then cooked the cresses. I also cut up a ham steak and added to make it a complete meal. Field cresses (different from water cress) are so good.
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