Serves 12 plus
1 -9 lb. bone-in cooked ham in natural juices, room temperature
10 whole allspice berries
10 whole cloves
10 whole black peppercorns
4 cups thawed frozen cranberries
1½ cups pinot noir
1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1 cup honey
1 cup fresh blood orange juice
Micro-planed zest of 2 blood oranges strips orange zest, about 2 teaspoons
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 small cinnamon stick
Extracted seeds and the pod of 1 vanilla bean (see note)
Note: Using the tip of a sharp paring knife, cut the bean in half. Take one half and spilt the bean lengthwise, scraping out into a small bowl the infinitesimal seeds. Repeat with the other half.
Serves: 3 or 4
3-4 garlic scapes, diced
¼ to ½ cup chopped ham
2 medium tomatoes, diced
4 stalks asparagus, sliced into ½ inch pieces
2 tablespoons melted butter
8 large eggs
½ cup milk
Salt & pepper to taste – take care if ham is salty
⅓ to ½ cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 -9 to 10 inch ceramic/glass quiche dish or pie plate
* If the cheese is put on too early it sinks to the bottom and stays there.
Serves: 12 to 18
1 butt end, bone in, fully cooked ham, also called “Ready to Eat”
2 cups bourbon
1 cup maple syrup
6 bruised cloves
20 to 30 whole cloves
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1.Preheat oven to 325º.
2.Place ham on a rack, uncovered, in a shallow pan. Allow approximately 18 to 20 minutes per pound. Ham is ready when the internal temperature reaches 140º on a meat thermometer.
3.While the ham is baking, prepare the glaze. Combine the red wine, bourbon, maple syrup, bruised cloves, and orange peel in a saucepan and simmer slowly for 5 minutes. Set aside.
4.About ½ hour before the ham is done, remove it from the oven. Increase oven heat to 425º.
5.Remove the rind from the all but a collar around the narrowest end and bone.
6.Score the top fat diagonally into diamond shapes. Stud each diamond with a whole clove.
7.Brush the ham generously with the prepared glaze.
8.Lower oven temperature again to 325º and return the ham to the oven for about 30 minutes.
9.Remove the ham from the oven and brush again with the glaze.
10.Place on a platter, carve and serve.
Note: The smaller shank end may also be used if you want to feed fewer people.
2 spinach tortillas
2 heaping tablespoons of tzatziki
2 slices of Provolone cheese
4 slices of ham or 4 heaping tablespoons of diced ham
2 bunches of pea shoots, or rainbow sprouts
8 to 10 strips of bell pepper
4 tablespoons chopped tomato
4 to 6 crisp lettuce leaves
Lay the tortillas out flat on a work surface. Divide the tzatziki between the two tortillas, spreading it across half of each tortilla. Cover the tzatziki with the slices of cheese and top with the ham. Add a bunch of pea shoots or sprouts to each tortilla. Top with the peppers and tomato. Crown with the lettuce leaves. Fold the uncovered side of the tortilla up over the edge of the filling, then roll the tortilla from one side making a cylindrical shape of the whole.
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