Monday, August 29, 2011

Get on the Ham wagon

(This is not an original photo)

Ham is a glorious money saving idea that I only just discovered last week!  My mom used to make ham a lot when I was little, and I really loved it all the time.  I've been trying to be more creative with what I cook recently, so I called up my Mama and asked her what to do.  It was great, not only the first time, but for left-overs too.  I made grilled cheese sandwiches with ham and honey mustard, yum!  Not only that, but there is enough frozen now for about 4 more dinners, plus I saved the bone with some meat on it.  I paid 12.00 for a 10 lb ham, and that 12.00 is going to end up with I don't even know how many meals! Plus it's easy as pie to cook.
Here is how I did it:
Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees
Unwrap the ham, and place it cut-down in a BIG baking dish
Cover it with foil (this can be tricky because you're going to want to do it so that the foil doesn't touch the ham, kind of make a tend around it)
Pop it in the oven!  Heat for about 15-20 minutes per pound, if you have a ham that came already FULLY cooked, for a PARTIALLY cooked ham, refer to the directions on the wrapping.
For the last hour, pull off the foil and start putting on your glaze.  You can glaze with whatever you want, the sweeter the better!  Add glaze every 15 minutes or so until the ham is done cooking!  Cut it up and eat it!  Here is what I used for the glaze, I just made it up (just do everything to taste, there are no measurements here):
French's Mustard
Soy Sauce
Brown Sugar
Honey
Red Pepper Flakes

Here are some ideas for left-over ham:
Ham sandwiches, or grilled cheese with ham
Mac and cheese with ham and broccoli
Quiche
Omelets with ham, cheese, and veggies
Split pea soup with ham (one of my favorites! Make sure you save the bone for this one!)
The list goes on!

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