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Monday, May 19, 2008

Savor the last of Spring with a Crowd Pleaser

As mentioned before, serving up a meal for our huge family can be quite the feat. However, here is one more meal that was a big hit for our last Sunday Supper get-to-gether. I guarantee this will be one of the best hams you have ever tasted (and the easiest to prepare!).

Honey-Mustard Glazed Ham prepared in a slow cooker

You will need:

  1. Spiral sliced ham (we usually find the largest one that will still fit in our slow cooker

  2. 1 6-8oz jar of honey

  3. 1 stick of butter

  4. 1/2 cup of brown sugar

  5. 3 tablespoons of stone ground mustard

  6. 1 teaspoon of mustard seed (if you have it...)

  7. sprinkling of ground cloves over the ham(to your taste)

  8. You may also add a can of crushed pineapple including juice if you like that with ham, we usually just stick with the honey mustard.

Unwrap the ham, remove all plastic and place in the slow cooker fat side up. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl, add honey, brown sugar, and mustard, mix well with a fork. Sprinkle ham with cloves and then add entire glaze mixture overtop. Seal up slow-cooker and set to high. Cook 4 hours. Every once in a while you can spoon some of the glaze over the top of the ham. Don't forget to try a nibble...just for quality control:)

For simple sides, heat oven to 425, coat fresh asparagus with olive oil, sea salt, and cracked pepper, lay in single layer baking dish, and roast for 15-20 minutes.

In a separate pan, lay out diced red potatoe (skin still on, about 1/2" dice) coat with olive oil, plenty of sea salt, cracked pepper, thyme, parsley, oregano, (whatever herbs you like...just becareful with rosemary, a little goes a long way...), toss together, spread out onto baking sheet and throw in the oven with the asparagus. Once the asparagus is done, take spatula and turn over the potatoes, and cook for an additional 10 minutes. (You can add 1-2 tablespoons minced garlic and cook for another 5 minutes...just don't burn the garlic).

Voila! An elegant, simple, Sunday dinner with less than 1/2 hour prep time.

For Desert, slice up some fresh strawberries, sprinkle with sugar, spoon over pound cake or angel food cake, add add fresh whipped cream


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