Recipe of the Week

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Leftovers That Keep On Giving

Ok, so you've had ham sandwiches, the ham fettucini dish from the last post and you still have ham leftovers, what next? Try this ham recipe.

Ham and Brie Pastry Pockets


1 cup of cooked asparagus, cut into 1/2" pieces
4 ounces of brie cheese, cut into 1/2" x 2" slices
8 ounces of ham, sliced thick
1 tube of 8 large crescent rolls


Boil water to cook asparagus until tender.
Preheat oven as directed on package of crescent rolls.
Separate two crescent rolls from the others.
Place on baking sheet and mush together with fingers, eliminating the seam. 
Place half of ham, asparagus and brie onto the pastry. 
Separate two more rolls, again mushing together to eliminate the seam.
Then place on top of the brie. Pinch sides, creating a pocket.
Repeat above steps for the second pocket, using all eight rolls. 
Bake according to package on crescent rolls, or until golden brown.
Cut in half to make 4 servings.
Pairs great with green leaf salad and your choice of dressing. 


Monday, April 25, 2011

Quick & Easy Easter Ham Leftovers

Whew... Easter entertaining is over for this year and the only evidence is a large Tupperware container full of Eater Ham leftovers. Ham sandwiches are good once, maybe twice, so what now? Try this quick and easy ham leftover dish.

Ham & Broccoli Fettucini Alfredo


1/2 pound of ham, cubed
8 ounces fettucini noodles
2 cups frozen cut broccoli
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
10 ounces alfredo sauce (You may use a store purchased jar or homemade. Homemade sauce ingredients and instructions are below.)
Parmesan grated cheese


Cook pasta and broccoli at same time according to pasta package instructions. Drain and set to the side.

In sauce pan, combine the ham, alfredo sauce and crushed red pepper and heat until warm, then add pasta and broccoli until all is warm. Dish out and sprinkle with desired amount of Parmesan cheese.

Easy Alfredo Sauce: 


1/2 cup butter
8 ounce package cream cheese
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 cups milk
6 ounces Parmesan grated cheese
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder. Once cheese has melted to a creamy texture, slowly add in the milk and continue to stir. Then add the parmesan, basil and black pepper. Heat until parmesan is melted and the mixture is smooth. If the mixture is thicker than desired, thin by adding more milk.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Ham Fruit Relish Recipe

If you are hosting dinner this Easter and want to prepare a memorable dinner to your guests, start off by baking an award-winnig ham from Triple T Specialty Meats and topping it with this sweet spice fruit relish. This relish is also great for pork roast or pork chops.

Apple Cranberry Walnut Relish


6 ounces 100% Apple Juice
2/3 cup Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg, ground
2 Apples, chopped (During mid-summer season, substitute with Pomegranate seeds for an even sweeter taste)
1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped
3 cups Fresh or Frozen Cranberries


In large saucepan combine the apple juice, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir while cooking over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cranberries and bring to boil, then reduce heat and stir for 4 minutes or until the cranberries' skin splits open (as shown below).

Remove from heat. Stir in the apples and walnuts. Cover and chill for 2 hours prior to serving.

Note: Make the relish ahead of time to save on time and stress. Relish keeps for two days in the refrigerator.

Egg-citing Easter Entertaining

If children are attending your Easter, do yourself a favor and have plenty of activities ready to keep them busy. Children who are bored tend to get rambunctious, so avoid that with some of these egg-citing activities.

Egg Race

Make an obstacle course out of your backyard, using things that you have...chairs, boxes, tables, etc. Have a stopwatch. Give each kid a spoon and an egg (boiled or plastic). Have each kid go through the obstacle course as fast as possible, jumping over boxes and crawling under tables (wrap bandanas around their knees to keep from getting grass stains), whoever has the fastest time without dropping their egg wins. You can even make it difficult by blindfolding them and pairing them up with a parter who will be their eyes giving them guidance throughout the course.

Egg Rolling

Make three circle bullseye, inside circle with a 15, middle circle with a 10, outside circle with a 5, using sidewalk chalk. Give each kid three eggs to roll down the sidewalk, trying to land on the inside circle for, the child with the most points wins.

Egg Toss

Pair each kid up with a partner, giving each pair an egg (note: this game works better using a hard boiled egg rather than a plastic egg). Starting off 12 inches from each other toss the egg back and forth, after each successful toss and catch move another 12 inches apart. If an egg drops, that pair is out. The last pair standing wins.

Egg Decorating

Dazzle the eggs up by using scrap fabric strips, artificial flowers and plastic jewels. Make animals by using scrap felt pieces for ears and feet. Use markers to make the faces. Remind them that the eggs spoil, so they can't keep them forever. I learned that the hard and very smelly way as a kid.