Ham often comes to mind when picturing large family gatherings, but there doesn’t have to be a holiday for ham to be on the menu. We recommend ham any time of year. Usually even a medium sized ham will feed more than an average family, which is the beauty of ham. Once it’s cooked it can be sliced and diced to store.
Store cooked ham in the freezer, up to a month and in the refrigerator about a week. One way to save time during the week is to cut the remainder of the ham up and store them for easy use later. I dice mine into bite size pieces which are perfect for eggs, quiche, soups and casseroles. This makes it easy to pull out a handful for eggs in the morning, or a whole package for a casserole that night. Be sure to use air tight containers.
Slow Cooker Potato Soup
This is a delicious comfort recipe that is relaxing at the end of a long day. One trick to make weeknight recipes faster is to use slow cookers and prep foods on the weekend. Onions, carrots and celery can usually be chopped and stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for a few days. Think about chopping up all the items you can for recipes when you’re making dinner on the weekend it will save time and dishes.
8 C. Potatoes, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
½ C. Celery, chopped
1 lb. Broadbent Ham, diced
¼ C. Flour
4 C. Chicken Broth
1 ½ C. Whole Milk
1/2 C. Sour Cream
Place your chopped potatoes, ham, carrots, celery, and onions in the slow cooker. Pour in your chicken broth and set to low 7-8 hours, or high 4-6 hours. Use a potato masher mash into the slow cooker, about 1/3 of the potatoes. Add flour, milk, pepper and sour cream stir it all together let cook about 15 minutes longer. Add salt to taste, but be sure to taste it first as our ham is saltier than standard grocery store hams.
Ham & Hash Casserole
This recipe is easy to throw together, pop in the oven and let you get back to having time with the kids. No stirring or flipping is necessary. This uses frozen hash browns but you can use fresh potatoes simply shred or chop them into bite sized pieces.
1 30 oz. Bag of frozen hash brown
8 oz. sour cream
1 large Onion, chopped
2 cans Cream of Mushroom
1 lb. Broadbent Ham, Cubed
2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all your ingredients into a 9×13 baking dish, but reserve ½ your cheese to sprinkle directly on top. Then bake about 1 hour, potatoes should be done enough to easily poke with a fork.
Slow-Cooker White Bean & Ham Soup
Slow-cooker recipes are great when your busy, plus you get a delicious aroma. In this recipe, we use canned beans out of convenience and additional to make the soup more ham-tastic. You could put this together the night before and pour into your slow cooker in the morning before your off for the day.
1 Broadbent ham-hock
1 1/2 cups of Broadbent country ham, diced
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 cups carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
3 cans white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (15 ounce cans)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 cups chicken stock
In your slow cooker place the bone, chopped ham, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, cannellini beans, thyme, rosemary, chicken stock. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Remove the ham bone and discard. Add salt or pepper to taste (due to the increased saltiness of cured country ham, we always recommend salting only after tasting)
These recipes will make great use of a ham and are easy to let cook while you’re busy with work, family, or life in general. Ham and Ham-hocks are great items to keep on hand as they are quick and easy to work with. Have a favorite ham recipe share it in the comments below!