Re-purposed Ham – Day Three

I had thought I’d be making something with rice and veggies, but I really just wanted eggs, so I opted for a ham and egg casserole or crustless quiche as they’re calling these days. I think by definition it can’t be a quiche without a crust, but I digress.
I placed about 2 cups of cubed ham in the bottom of a pie plate. Added a layer of shredded Parmesan cheese. I whisked together 4 eggs, 1 cup of milk, and a little salt and pepper and poured it over the ham and cheese. I baked the casserole at 375 for about a half an hour. The family must have liked it because everyone had two servings, and it was gone in less than 24 hours. But who doesn’t like egg, ham, and cheese? 🙂
So… My 10 pound ham gave us 4 distinct meals and fed us for week:

  1. Baked honey ham with steamed vegetables
  2. Ham bone soup
  3. Pasta salad with ham
  4. Ham, egg, and cheese casserole

Ham is fantastic for re-purposing into several meals, but this works well with a whole chicken, a turkey, or a pot roast. The best part? For the two days you’re cooking the meat and making soup, your house will smell amazing. I hate winter, but I love winter cooking!

Re-Purposed Ham – Day Two

On day two of re-purposing my 10 pound ham into new meals, I wasn’t feeling like my usual self, so I sat at the bar in the kitchen and talked my husband through a household favorite. Of course, I rarely use recipes any more. I start with whatever is fresh at the farmer’s market or whatever happens to be in the refrigerator. So… we found some bow tie pasta and a bag of frozen veggies… Broccoli, carrots, zucchini, and squash.

After getting everything cooked, we cut up some ham and threw it all together, adding mayo, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese to taste. The result was so yummy we all stuffed ourselves. 🙂
I’m thinking day three should include rice…

Re-Purposed Ham – Day One

I love cooking this time of year. It’s all about slow cooking… Baking, roasting, crock pot cooking. I love to cook big pieces of meat and get creative about re-purposing one meal into many. This week, I started with a 10 pound ham. After almost two hours of baking, we had a sweet, honey-cured ham for dinner. We now have two large tubs of leftover ham to re-purpose throughout the week, but before I deal with that, I made my second favorite thing of this time of the year… Soup.
After we carved the ham and put away the leftovers, I took the ham bone and all the juices and put them in a pot in the refrigerator for the night. This morning, I got up, added some water to the pot, and put the pot on the stove. I added a half an onion, a few cloves of garlic (sliced), salt, and pepper. After I brought it to a boil, I covered the pan and let it simmer for four hours.
By the time the bone had been simmering for a few hours, the house smelled amazing! I removed the bone, added chopped potatoes, carrots, yellow carrots, green beans, and red bell peppers. I brought everything to a boil, covered, and let it simmer until the potatoes were done. I added a little sea salt, a little pepper, and a some oregano. It was my first attempt at ham soup, and I loved it! The flavor was incredible. Definitely going on the favorites list. 🙂

Easy Homemade Bread

Over the last few year, I’ve really made an effort to eat healthier. As part of that, I try to eat only fresh foods or foods I’ve cooked myself from fresh ingredients. Slowly, my diet has gone from processed food to homemade foods. My latest venture is bread. For about a year, I’ve been eating whole grain breads, but I really wanted to take another step and start making my own bread.
I found a fairly simple recipe, bought some yeast, and dove on in. I was surprised at how easily the recipe came together. It was a little time consuming. About 3 hours from start to finish when you include proofing time. But in the end it was completely worth it! As you can see from the picture, my husband and daughter loved it. They ate half a loaf in the first 24 hours! And of course… I get to control the ingredients. 🙂
I found this recipe on About.com. I highly recommend it as a starter recipe if you’re looking to get into bread making. Personally, I’m going to be on the lookout for more yummy, simple bread recipes!
Super Easy Bread Recipe for Beginners:
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes
Ingredients:
3/4 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vegetable shortening
1/2 cup milk
3 cups all-purpose flour, approximately
Preparation:

  • In large bowl, add the warm water. Slowly stir in dry yeast. Continue to stir until yeast is dissolved.
  • Add salt, sugar, shortening, and milk to bowl. Stir.
  • Mix in the first 2 cups of flour.
  • If needed, begin adding more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough chases the spoon around the bowl.
  • You do not need to use up all the flour called for in this recipe, or you may need more flour than called for. The amounts vary depending on many factors, including weather, which is why most bread recipes only give an approximate amount of flour needed.
  • Turn dough out onto floured board and knead, adding small spoonfuls of flour as needed, until the dough is soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch.
  • Put dough in buttered bowl, turn dough over so that the top of dough is greased. Cover and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Turn out onto floured board and knead.
  • Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.
  • Form dough into loaf and set in buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  • Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or clean dishtowel.

Happy Baking!