Because no single way of eating works for everybody.
My dad was a ham freak.
Like his father before him, he would eat ham in pretty much any form. Baked ham, fried ham, ham sandwiches, ham omelettes, ham croquettes. And like him, I’m completely ham-addicted myself.
Dad baked a great ham. His favourite method was to make his own glaze – and I can’t give you the recipe for it, because it was different every time. But it always involved something sweet – like apricot or peach jam – and some hot mustard. Sometimes there were raisins too, or ginger, or cloves, or onions, or allspice, or maple syrup. He’d slice diamond shapes into the fat of the ham, and then paint the glaze on, so the flavour would soak into the meat. It was fantastic.
Of course, once you’ve baked a ham and had a dinner of it, you’ll likely have leftovers. A friend of mine says that “Eternity” can be defined as “two people and one ham”. There are many ways to use the rest of your ham – and this next recipe is one of them. My dad and his dad, would have loved it.
Is ham good for your health? Well, that depends on who you ask, and on how the ham was cured. But one thing is certain: buying a raw ham and baking it yourself gives you a much healthier and more delicious food than buying a package of wet, slimy, pre-formed ham-like meat product and trying to eat it. I can’t stand that stuff. 🙂
After your next ham dinner, use some of the leftovers to make this amazingly good ham spread. It comes to me through a friend of the family, who tells me it’s a recipe created by Julia Child. Ham freaks, unite!
2 cups diced ham
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 to 2 teaspoons horseradish
1 to 3 teaspoons grated onion
dash of lemon juice
pepper to taste
1. Blend ham in food processor until smooth.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Adjust seasonings to taste.
3. Spread on crackers or toast, in sandwiches, or use as a dip for vegetables. Enjoy!