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Monday, October 02, 2006

Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style


Overwhelmed With Joy is hosting a holiday recipe exchange - you know I'm going to participate! I hope to find some new recipes to make this holiday season. Here are a few of mine.

I recently found this recipe on Family Fun and made it for Easter. Everyone loved this ham! It was so yummy with a wonderful melt-in-your-mouth taste and very moist. I think I'll make all my hams this way from now on!

Baked Ham

INGREDIENTS:
Whole or half ham, precooked, cured, or smoked
2 cups apple cider
3 tbsp. Dijon-style mustard
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 can pineapple slices (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the ham fat-side down in a roasting pan with the apple cider. Bake a whole ham 10 minutes per pound, or a half ham 15 minutes per pound, or until a meat thermometer reads 130 degrees. Baste the ham with the liquid in the pan from time to time during baking.

2. When the ham is cooked, remove it from the oven and slice off the skin and most of the fat, leaving a quarter-inch layer. Lay the ham in the pan, fat-side up this time, and make crosshatches using a long, sharp knife.

3. In a small bowl, make a paste of the mustard and brown sugar and rub it all over the ham. Add pineapple slices at this point if desired, securing the pieces with toothpicks. Increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees.

4. Return the ham to the oven and bake 15 minutes more or until it appears glazed, but before the sugar has a chance to burn.

Category: Main Dish

This next recipe is a favorite of mine. My dad would make it at Thanksgiving and I think I looked forward to it more than any other dish! It's warm and gooey and delicious!

Candied Yams
2 cans of yams
1.5 tbsp cornstarch
4 tbsp butter
1 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350. Drain yams; reserve juice from about 1.5 cans.
Layer yams in a 9x13 baking dish.
Dissolve cornstarch in 1 cup of yam juice and set aside.
Melt butter over medium heat. Add remaining yam juice, the dissolved cornstarch, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Bring to a roiling boil; stir constantly until mixture thickens.
Pour over yams, cover w/tinfoil and bake about 1/2 hr. Sprinkle the top with marshmallows and put back in the oven for about 5 min.

Category: Side Dish

My MIL makes this dish at Thanskgiving and it's also wonderful and gooey and yummy!

Sweet Potato Casserole
3 c mashed canned yams
1 c sugar
1/3 c melted margarine
3 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 c canned milk
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon to taste

Topping
1 c light brown sugar
1/3 c flour
1 c chopped pecans
1 c coconut
1/2 stick melted margarine

Mix first 6 ingredients and put in a 9x13 pan. Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over top.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until middle is firm.

Category: Side Dish

Please stop by Overwhelmed's blog and check out all the yummy holiday recipes - and submit one of your own!

22 comments:

Sue said...

The ham sounds yummy, as do the sweet potato casseroles. I've posted yet another way to make sweet potatoes for the holidays..
Thanks for sharing yours...

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

Mmmmmm I love the sweet potato casseroles. I am going to have to try and make it.

HUGS!

Pamela said...

All of your recipes look good but your ham recipe sounds like it would be delicious! I can't wait to give it a try. :)

Larry said...

Michelle it is only 1045AM and I'm hungry already Granddad Larry

Jessica said...

Sounds great! This recipe exchange is making me hungry!!

Sandra said...

I'm just salivating over here, all these recipes are making me not only hungry but eager for the holidays LOL

I have GOT to try the ham, we LOVE ham in my house :)

Thanks for sharing Michelle :)

Kathleen Marie said...

Oh, this reminds me of my wonderful in-laws who I so missed. They made yummy ham every Christmas. This looks wonderful and I like the Dijon touch. Blessings to you!

Mike said...

The candied yams sound delicious. I think I'll try the recipe this holiday.

Wish me luck.


Mike
http://somethingaboutparenting.typepad.com/

Barb said...

Your ham recipe sounds wonderful. Especially the pineapple which always makes ham taste great. Thanks for posting these. Oh my, so many new recipes to try, so few holidays! :-)

Katrina said...

These all sound delicious! Thank you for posting them!

Overwhelmed! said...

Michelle, all of these recipes sound delicious! I'm trying to convince Oronzo to let us host Christmas dinner at our house this year (he's protesting because of all the work that will be involved, but I'd enjoy it!) and if it happens, I'm going to try your baked ham recipe! :)

Thanks so much for participating in my Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style recipe exchange. I sure do appreciate it!

K.T. says peace said...

Sounds delish!!!!!!!

Magi said...

I'm loving all the sweet potato casseroles. Thanks for a new ham recipe, too.

Deb said...

I'm almost drooling; those recipes look so yummy!

Larae said...

Candied yams are one of my absolute favorite holiday dishes, yet I've never made them for myself. Thanks for sharing. I'm making them..before the holidays hit! =)

Much More Than A Mom said...

Yum! Thanks Michelle. I'm preparing my post now...

Brony said...

You know, I've never actually tried Candied Yams?
They do sound very good.

Catch said...

Im gonna try ham this way, it sounds yummy! Im not really into sweet potatoes, but I love ham. Thanks Michelle!

chelle said...

I am so trying ham that way!!! Sounds sooooo good!

My MIL taught me a sweet potato recipe that we stick to .... hmm maybe I should share!

PEA said...

Yum and yum and yum...that says it all! lol I've copied the recipes and will definitely give them a try:-)

mum2brady said...

Yum - sounds sooooo great! I'll have to go check out OW's list and see everyone elses yummy recipes!!!

Jenna said...

These sounds so yummy! I'm particularly intrigued by the candied yams. Thanks for sharing!