Friday, December 30, 2011

Ham for Days

 Ham is one of our favorite holiday meats. Not just any old ham will do. Spiral Cut Honey Ham is simply the best when it comes to flavor, preparation and serving. Not to mention the great meals you can create with the left overs, if you have any that is. Our three favorite brands are Honey Mountain Ham, Trader Joes and Cooks Ham.

Read on for days of simple, tasty Ham dishes sure to make your after holiday cooking a breeze  and delicious too! 

Day One: Serve your spiral ham warm or cold depending on the type of gathering you are having. If you are having a sit down meal with all the trimming's then cook your ham following the package directions. Just grazing? Simply cut off the already sliced pieces of ham, arrange them on a platter and gussy it up with some pineapple and maraschino cherries! 

Day two: Ham and homemade Mac and Cheese with country style veggies and freshly cut  pineapple on the side.

Day three: Split Pea Soup served with homemade bread.

Day four: Ham and Cheese omelet ( we like a mix of jack and cheddar cheese )  with home fries, sour dough toast and fruit juice. Fresh strawberries on the side. 

Day five: What to do with that ham bone? When I was growing  up my mom used to cook a big pot of pinto beans in her pressure cooker with a nice big ham bone for added flavor and plenty of salt and pepper. If you don't feel like cooking your beans from scratch, buy them in the can, ( a low sodium/organic variety ) pop them in the crock pot with the ham bone and let it simmer all day. Serve with honey corn bread and a fresh Shrimp salad for a lazy winters day supper. 
 Here's my moms Shrimp salad recipe.

Joy's Shrimp Salad
 One head iceberg lettuce
1/4 to a 1/2 pound fresh baby cocktail shrimp
Cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
One Lemon.
salt and pepper to taste 

Rinse and drain lettuce in strainer. Cut lettuce into chunks and add to salad bowl. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and add to lettuce. Rinse and drain shrimp then squeeze some lemon juice on top. Add shrimp and mayonnaise to salad mixture and toss until all ingredients are covered.

 Serve immediately alongside a nice bowl of steaming hot beans.
 Salt and pepper to taste! 

And there you have it...Ham for Days! What do you do with your left over ham?
I'm off to start a pot of beans!

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