ASAP ham advice

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Abbey, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    I've never cooked a ham, but found a good recipie. I actually hate the stuff but have a huge one in the fridge. What sides go with ham? In laws are coming over for dinner...sheesh.

    Be quick, my fellow board members. (No sweet potatoes, either.)

    Abbey
     
  2. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Just about anything goes with ham- I was going to say sweet potatoes but since they are out, corn or corn casserole, (mac & cheese as a second option), baked beans, peas or green beans, dinner rolls are good.
     
  3. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    I agree with Klmno. One BIG thing to remember is to cook the ham for a long time. Double check the instructions and then put a meat thermometer into the sucker. Good luck. Fresh (have you tried Steamers in the store freezer?)
    green beans are great or fresh asparagus (toss in olive oil, lay on a sheet of aluminum foil with s & p and bake til fork tender). Rolls and applesauce are
    always added with ham around here. :D DDD
     
  4. Andy

    Andy Active Member

    If you can get a package of Rice A Roni that would be good (we like Broccoli Augraten but there are many flavors).

    Ham
    Corn (mix one can whole and one can cream for a twist)
    Rice A Roni
    Dinner Rolls
    Lettuce salad (or buy the ceaser salad kit)
    Apple Sauce
    Strawberries on Angel Food cake (don't forget the whipped cream topping)
    (or get those individual shortcakes to put the strawberries on)
     
  5. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    The greenbean casserole is good. Baked apples is also good. (they sell these in a can if pressed for time)

    Any kind of potatoes but au gratin is really good. Or potato salad.

    Always my favorite...brussel sprouts with bacon and onions.
     
  6. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    If you take the ham out of the fridge and leave it on the counter in the roasting pan for an hour prior to cooking it will go faster. I did an 18 pound ham and it took 4 hours at 325-350 for Easter. Fully cooked hams should go to 140 degrees on a meat thermometer--all others to 160 degrees. When you check the meat thermometer make sure it doesn't hit the bone as temps will be lower there.

    I think cornbread goes perfect with ham. Also I second the cheesy or scalloped potatoes, applesauce, and green beans.
     
  7. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    Also forgot to mention grilled pineapple...mmmmmm.....
     
  8. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Get a store bought pacakge of cheese fondue and just heat it on a pot on the stove to pour a little over ham slices and some vegies (if you do asparagus for instance), if you want a little added variety from the usual.

    I forgot about potato salad- that's very good with ham!!
     
  9. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    I'm going in. Steamers are great, which is what I got. Salad, bread, bottle of wine...no meat thermometer, though. I'll just let it bake a little longer.

    In-laws just got back to town after being gone for over a month. mother in law calls...can we do dinner? ok. Wing it time. Now I just have to clean my house on top of that.

    Abbey
     
  10. Andy

    Andy Active Member

    Oh yes! The pineapple - SRL, I wish you were avaible this year. I completely forgot about the pineapple and it is my all time favorite - I can eat that and leave the ham.
     
  11. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    I always do au gratin potatoes with ham. They just seem to go together. And green beans ... fresh if you can get them. I always put a tiny bit of chopped onion in with the beans while they cook and a little of the ham drippings for more flavor.

    If you use pineapple on it and want a glaze on the ham, just mix some of the pineapple juice with some brown sugar, and maybe a little squirt of mustard.
     
  12. Andy

    Andy Active Member

    And Abbey had to think of the wine all by herself! What were the rest of us thinking? She distracted us with ham and went for the wine!
     
  13. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    Alright...you guys. Ham is in the oven with fresh pineapple and molasses and lemon-lime soda. Don't really get that, but I put it in there. This is from a non-meat eater, you realize. House is clean, well everything is hidden. That's good enough for me. Wish me luck.

    Abbey
     
  14. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Abbey mentioned ham and I went to my grocery store and they had ham slices on sale! I got about 6 packs of them for about a buck and a quarter a piece!!!! Looks like I am having some major ham meals the next few weeks. Ham and limas, ham and eggs, ham and scalloped apples, etc.
     
  15. amazeofgrace

    amazeofgrace New Member

    mmmm pinapple custard casserole

    6-8 slices white bread, crust trimmed off cut into small squares, 1 large can crushed pinapple (not drained), 3 eggs beaten, 1/2 cup sugar (if pinapple is in unsweetened juice)

    mix together eggs, sugar and pinapple wth juice, toss in bread and coat, spread mixture on the bottom of a casserole dish, bake at 375 for about 20-30 minutes or until brown and bubbly. enjoy yummmmmmmmmmmmm
     
  16. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    I like mine with green eggs.

    Star, move over....I need some space in the corner.
     
  17. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    chuckling. That's MY corner.

    Ham went over well, as well as sides. No green eggs, though. Ick.

    Abbey
     
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