Category Archives: Ham

Pineapple Ham Steaks

1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 lbs ham steaks
Mix pineapple juice, brown sugar, butter, mustard, garlic, and paprika. Place ham steaks in freezer bag, seal, label, and freeze.  To serve: Allow ham to thaw in the refrigerator (mine took about 24 hours). Remove ham steaks from marinade and discard marinade. Grill steaks until done.
8  Servings

Pasta Florentine

1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chicken broth
12 oz sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 oz ham (Black Forest if possible), julienned
1/4 cup chopped parsley
8 oz pasta (your favorite shape), cooked according to package directions
Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh parsley, chopped
Heat extra virgin olive oil and garlic in a sauté pan over medium-low heat. Once garlic starts to sizzle, add mushrooms. Sauté 2-3 minutes. Add heavy cream and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Allow to slightly reduce, for about 10 minutes. Add ham, peas and parsley and cook 4 minutes.  Return cooked, drained pasta to pot and add sauce. Cook until sauce simmers and coats the pasta.  Remove pot from heat and stir in grated Parmesan. Toss gently to combine.  Transfer to large serving platter. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve. 
Chef’s Tip: Use a small amount of salt. The parmesan cheese naturally contains salt.
4  Servings

Ham Muffins

1/2 pound ham, cooked
1/2 pound American cheese
1/2 green bell pepper, seeds, stem and pith removed
3/4 cup cracker crumbs, fine
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
Grind ham, cheese and green pepper together.  Add cracker crumbs, eggs and milk.  Mix well.  Bake in greased muffin pans or individual cups in moderate oven (350°F) for 30 minutes.  Makes 12 medium sized muffins.  Serve with mushroom sauce.
12  Servings

Ham Linguine

2 cups ham, shredded into medium-sized pieces
1 pound linguine
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen, thawed
lemon zest, and juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
1/4 cup mint, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
Cook pasta according to pkg. directions. While pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.  When pan begins to smoke, sauté garlic for one minute.  Add the ham and continue to sauté until ham begins to brown.  Finally, add the peas; sauté for one more minute. While skillet is still hot, drain the pasta and add to the ham mixture.  Add the lemon zest, juice, salt, pepper and 2 more tablespoons of olive oil.  Sauté for 1-2 minutes to let the flavors combine.  Remove from heat and toss with herbs.  Serve immediately.
6  Servings

Glazed Ham

6 pounds ham, fully cooked – rump half or shank portion
2 teaspoons orange peel, finely shredded
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
24 cloves
Score ham by making diagonal cuts in a diamond pattern.  Stud with cloves in middle of each diamond.  Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.  Insert a meat thermometer.  Bake in a 325º oven until thermometer registers 125º.  For rump, cook 1 1/2 hr to 1 1/2 hr; for shank cook 1 3/4 hr to 2 hours.  For glaze, in a medium pan, combine orange peel and juice, brown sugar, cornstarch and dried mustard.  Heat until thickened and bubbly.  Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Brush ham with some of the glaze.  Bake 20-30 minutes more or ‘til thermometer registers 135º.  Let stand 15 minutes more before carving.  Serve with remaining glaze.
16  Servings