So far, so good ;)
My entire family is very excited about this....even little Peanut, who absolutely refuses to say most words (especially Mama.....his affectionate name for me is "Bop" which is what he also calls his bottle, lol!), will very enthusiastically say "aaahhhmmm" when he knows there's some cooking!
He just about gave a standing ovation in his highchair on Monday night, when we sat down for dinner and there was "aaaahhhhmmm" on the table - yes, standing and clapping and cheering! Makes a Mama very happy, for sure!
But I am digressing :)
Did you know you can prepare a ham in a pot on top of the stove??
This was news to me! (I've always just roasted them.)
A few weeks back, my wonderful Mom and Dad came for a visit....bringing a shank of ham and other yummy fixin's for dinner! I watched as my Mom placed the ham into my stockpot, added some veggies and herbs, and then let it simmer away while we spent the afternoon sipping tea and catching up. I can't tell you how amazing my house smelled....like a restaurant, a really good restaurant. Really...I had no idea a simmering ham could smell so yummy!
When it was time for dinner, she pulled it out of the pot and sliced it up - it was soft as butter. And it tasted buttery, too (A wondering Hubby asked on Monday, when I served this again, "how much butter" was in the recipe...and was surprised to hear me say, none at all! :)
BEST of all, after the leftovers were put away, I already had a whole stockpot full of delicious broth, ready-to-go, for making soup another night of the week.
Next time you have a ham to cook, consider giving this method a try! I don't think I'll ever roast another one, ever again.
~ Ham in a Pot ~
(click here for a printable copy)
1 (8-10 lb.) ham
enough water to cover the ham
2 tsp thyme
3 bay leaves
8 whole cloves
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped onion
2 stalks celery and leaves, chopped
1. Put it all in a very big pot and let it simmer for 3 hours.
(If you buy a large ham like I did, you may need to cut it a bit, to fit your pot. Mine had a large bone, so I used a serrated bread knife to slice through it near the tip where the bone is thinner, and it only took a minute...)
2. Enjoy the wonderful aroma.
3. Remove the ham from the pot, and let stand 5-10 minutes, covered loosely with foil. Slice the meat, serving with a little broth spooned over the top for extra juiciness.
4. That's it!
If you like gravy, strain out some broth & simmer it in a small saucepan with a few tablespoons of flour whisked in, until it thickens. Maybe add some salt, if it needs it.
Be sure to save your broth in the fridge or freezer for another meal!
I'll be posting a few more ham recipes as I use up our leftovers this week...on the menu tonight is soup that isn't of the split-pea variety. Stay tuned, I'll let you know how it turns out! :)
Have a blessed Wednesday!
Women Living Well