I’ve never served a ham — unless you count deli sandwiches — but I sure do like to eat it. With just two and a half diners at my house, there’s not much point in babying big old hunk of shank for hours … OK, now having said that, I actually want to …
But not this weekend. We’ll be at John’s folks’ farm for Easter Sunday. The big buffet table will be laden with Sarah’s cheesy potatoes, MIL’s potato salad, Aunt Linda’s lime Jel-lo garnished with shredded carrots (?!), and a huge jar of neon purple pickled eggs and beats.
I’ve always brought a fancied-up fruit salad and (more recently started to bring) an Asian noodle salad that has no business at an Easter table except for the fact that everyone loves it.
Anyway, my mother-in-law will serve up a huge ham to feed at least 15, with enough leftovers to send home with each family. I don’t know what she does to it, but it’s always tasty.
(The best part, aside from the taste, is watching my husband and his father try to figure out the electric knife. One of these years, someone’s going to get hurt.)
But if disaster struck, and I had to serve a ham myself, I’d try this orange-based spicy glaze from Epicurious.com.
For months chefs, cookbook authors and home cooks have been filling my e-mail box with breakfast-for-dinner and brunch recipes.
Just about everyone I know loves eggs, muffins, ham, pancakes, waffles and the hands-down biggest raging food trend ever is wrapped in bacon.
It’s no wonder. Breakfast foods are uber-cheap, lightening fast, salty and rich comfort foods with a note of nostalgia for the days when Mom made a full breakfast for the family every day of the week.
My mom always made pancakes and bacon for dinner when my dad was away on business. My brother and I loved it for lots of reasons, not the least of which was because she skipped the obligatory and much-maligned vegetables on those nights.
These days you can find millions of recipes for quiche, stratas and pastries, in both traditional and modernized with creative twists.
This one from Family Features made me hungry.
HAM, EGG AND CHEESE PIZZA
Non-stick cooking spray
1 3/4 cups buttermilk pancake mix
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh dill weed or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded Swiss or cheddar cheese
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion
4 ounces thinly sliced deli-styled baked ham, coarsely chopped
Fresh dill sprigs (optional)
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Coat 12-inch pizza pan with no-stick cooking spray. Combine pancake mix, Parmesan cheese, dry mustard and onion powder in medium bowl, stirring until blended. Stir in water and olive oil until dough forms.
2. Press dough onto bottom of prepared pan to form a crust, building up outside edge to form a rim. Bake 7 minutes.
1. Whisk eggs, sour cream, Dijon mustard, dill and salt in medium bowl. Stir in cheese and green onions. Pour over hot crust, spreading evenly. Toss ham to separate pieces. Sprinkle evenly over egg mixture. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until egg mixture is set in center.
Cool 5 minutes before cutting. Garnish with fresh dill, if desired.
– Hungry Jack
And from what I’ve heard about turnout, many of them have waited a while in line. Poof! There goes time to make dinner.
Well, how about some heat and eat with a simple spin:
Autumn Spice Ham Steak.
Step one: Vote
Step two: Pick up ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, 1 (2 pound) ham steak, 1 red apple, cored and thinly sliced, 1 green apple, cored and thinly sliced, 1/2 cup maple flavored pancake syrup, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Step three: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the ham on both sides in the butter until browned. Lay the sliced apple over the ham. Pour the syrup over the apples. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally until the apples are cooked through.
Step four: Pour a beverage, turn on CNN, and watch the world change before your eyes. Or not.
Just, whatever you do, don’t go hungry. A delicious homemade dinner doesn’t get any easier than this one.