Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cooking With Coupons – Spiral Sliced Ham

By now all remnants of turkey leftovers have long vanished from your refrigerator along with the endless turkey sandwiches, turkey noodle soup and turkey casseroles. For my family, it’s time to start looking forward to a delicious holiday ham. There’s nothing better than a warm and sweet spiral sliced ham for Christmas dinner at my house. And while I’m a huge fan of these inexpensive pre-cut hams I also love the endless meal possibilities of leftovers. If you season your ham just right, the well-crafted flavors can tantalize your taste buds all week long.

Spiral Spiced Holiday Ham

9-10 lb Pre-cooked spiral slice ham
20 oz. Can pineapple chunks
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/8 Teaspoon allspice

Place spiral ham in a 9x13 casserole dish or large roasting pan. Cover with foil and warm ham according to package directions or at 325 degrees for 12-14 minutes per pound. Mix Pineapple, brown sugar and allspice in separate bowl. With one hour cooking time left remove foil and pour pineapple mixture into pan. Spoon juice over ham and in between slices every 15 minutes until the ham is fully warmed. Cut ham away from bone and reserve bone, juices and any leftover pineapple in the refrigerator.

Sweet Ham Bone Soup:

1-2lbs Dry white great northern beans
2-3 C. diced ham
1 Tbs. minced garlic
Ham bone
Leftover cooked pineapple
Remaining ham juices (will congeal after refrigeration)
Pinch of Allspice

Presoak dry beans over night. After soaking rinse beans and remove any grit or any undesirable beans. Place ham bone in the bottom of a 6 qt. Crock Pot. Add soaked beans. Add enough water to cover the beans and bone. Add ham, garlic, pineapple, congealed ham juices and allspice. Cover and cook on  high for 6-7 hours or until beans are soft. Add more liquid if necessary while cooking to cover beans. Remove bone and pineapple before serving.

Ham Scalloped Potatoes:

6 large potatoes thinly sliced
1 can (10.75 oz) condensed cream of chicken, celery or mushroom soup
1 can (10.5 oz) chicken gravy
1 C. milk
2 C. diced ham
1/2 Teaspoon Schilling Salt ‘n Spice or ¼ C. diced onions and salt & pepper to taste.

Mix soup, milk, gravy and seasoning in a large bowl, add potatoes and ham and coat well. Pour mixture into a greased 9x13 casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove foil and top with shredded cheddar cheese and cook for 5 more minutes to melt if desired.

Get ready to save the day with these mouth-watering holiday ham recipes this Christmas!

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