Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ham and Baked Potatoes, Grilled Pineapple, Cheddar Bacon and Chive Biscuits

I happen to have a real sliced ham in the freezer.  We are trying to eat all the pork we have since we recently sent a hog to freezer camp and expect him to return any day.  First I mixed a glaze for the ham, it is already smoked, so I don't need to do much more than heat it.
1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice
a handful of brown sugar
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper
Mix together and spoon over ham before placing in the oven. And again about 15 minutes before the ham is done. Sorry for the vagueness, this is the way I cook most of the time.  I usually smell it to see if it smells good.
I placed the ham in the dish and spooned some glaze over it, covered it with foil and put it in the oven to bake.
Baked Potatoes
Wash potatoes, then dry, rub all over with Crisco or other shortening.
Place in a cast iron skillet and bake at 400 degrees until tender when stabbed with a fork.  The outside skin should get crisp.  (yum!)
Grilled Pineapple
Slice Pineapple in rings about 1/4inch thick or so.  You don't have to be exact.
Heat grill.  When hot, toss the rings on the grill, turning once.  You want grill marks on both sides, and for the Pineapple to caramelize.
Now for the biscuits.. I use the recipe for Drop (we call them Ugly) Biscuits in my "Joy of Cooking" cookbook.  Any recipe will do, just add a little extra liquid.  Add a handful of grated cheddar, 3-4 slices of bacon (cooked crisp and crumbled), and some chopped chives.  I used Garlic Chives, it is what I had in the herb bed.  You can bake them as drop biscuits, if you don't mind ugly or with a little extra liquid you can put them in muffin tins and bake.  Either way, they will taste delicious.
For those who want a vegetable, add a salad or other veggie that is simple to cook.  I will probably fix some broccoli.  To cook broccoli... Take frozen broccoli place in pan.  Run a little water over the top.  Sprinkle with Kosher salt, red pepper and add two cloves of garlic, smashed.  Heat with lid on until bright green.  Remove from heat until ready to serve.
I cooked several slices of bacon, some for the biscuits and some for the baked potatoes.  To do this, place sliced bacon on a baking sheet (it must have an edge)  and place in oven on 400 degrees for 10 minutes or so, until crisp.  Remove bacon to paper towels on a plate to drain.  Super easy way to cook lots of bacon, and another perk it comes out flat.
My kitchen helper (Molly Jo) made the biscuits.
Super easy meal that was delicious.

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