Boil Up

11:30 am on 6 August 2012

Chef Cameron Petley told us this dish has been in his family for as long as he can remember, and he says it's everyone’s favourite! It’s even better served with freshly baked Māori Bread or fried bread.

(Serves 4-6)

Boil Up

Boil Up Photo: Supplied / Cameron Petley


  • 1kg wild pork bones
  • 1 bacon hock
  • salt
  • 4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large kumara, peeled and cubed
  • ½ pumpkin, peeled and cubed
  • 4 kamokamo, peeled, de-seeded and cubed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 large bunch watercress


Place pork bones and hock in a large stockpot. Pour in just enough water to cover bones and hock, season with salt and then gently simmer for 1½ hours. Add potatoes, kumara, pumpkin and kamokamo to the pot.

Meanwhile, combine flour and baking powder and season with salt. Gradually add water to form a dough. Break off small bits of dough and form balls.

Place watercress and doughboys on top of boil-up and cook until watercress is tender.

Serve hot with Māori Bread.

From Hunter from the Heartland by Cameron Petley
Published by Random House NZ


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