Post # 1
OK….so Monday we received news that my FH aunt who does christmas for the family every year on christmas eve had decided all of a sudden to take a trip and would not be around on Christmas eve. First, thanks for giving us notice. Then FH tells me oh yeah, i invited everyone to our house that night…ok……thanks babe. If you hadn’t notice we still aren’t moved in and the place is a mess and you work 12 hours a day and I’m about to head into the horrible 1am shift at work. So, sure I can clean and cook and get ready for over 10 people, not a problem.
So I planned what I like and know how to make, a prime rib roast with yorkshire pudding, salad, two different kinds of gravy and whatever everyone else brought. Then last night, FH looks at me and says lets do ham. Sure not a problem, except I hate ham. Way too salty for my liking but the point is mute.
So what I need from you Bees is two things: how do I cook a ham and what do I make with it. I feel like ham is easter food and I really don’t want easter sides to go with it. As you can tell I’m kind of in a sour mood about all this. Just cause I know it all comes down to me. I know FH won’t help at all and I know that I’ll be stressing up til everyone leaves….so whats the best way to cook this thing…..thanks bees
Post # 3
@jatelynn: You know at least it gives you an excuse to get the house ready faster than you probably would. DH invites people over when the house is a mess all the time but it’s the only time the house gets spotless. 😉
I like the pot roast idea better, personally. Im with you.
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@WillyNilly: Problem is it’s mostly his aquarium stuff that is either too heavy for me to lift or i am not allowed to touch it cause I know I’m a klutz and it’ll break. So i have to wait for it to be moved by him. WHich will probably happen the morning of the 24th….men
@hma812: thanks for the link, I’m checking it out now.
i’m half tempted to do a small ham to appease him and then beef to appease me.
Post # 6
Ham is not my favourite, I’m a chicken or pork girl… but anywho, even I think this looks nice!
Post # 7
@jatelynn: Small ham and beef. I was going to suggest that but I know some people don’t like to cook 2 entrees, but that’s normally what I do.
Post # 8
@jatelynn: I do like ham but its not my fave. I’m pretty sure the spiral hams at the store come with directions, even for the glaze.
Post # 9
I like ham when it’s done right, but otherwise, yuck. We’ve always done spiral ham (I think) in a crock pot with Mountain Dew (or Coke). It gives it a nice, sweet flavor and it’s really tender and juicy.
Post # 10
If he’s not helping, he gets no say. Otherwise, do as others have already suggested, and make a small ham and beef.
Post # 11
I like ham. We usually have it for Christmas. My dad calls Heavenly Ham (or whatever it’s called now) and picks it up the day before. It’s all cooked and all you have to do is reheat it. You could do that.
I usually make pineapple bread pudding for a side. It’s easy, you can google a recipe online for it. It’s crushed pineapples, old bread, sugar, butter and you just bake it. You can make it before and nuke it to reheat it.
But I’m not sure I’d be motivated to do much until someone helped out. 😀
Post # 12
yay for the ham haters! Just last night I made one (DH loves it, I barely like it at all but I can take one for the team a couple times a year). Really the only ham I can tolerate (other than a little bit of Boars Head honey ham or Virginia ham in a sandwich) is spiral sliced, honey or brown sugar glazed ham. DH knows I don’t like ham and he said, “OMG I can’t imagine who besides you doesn’t like ham, this is amazing!”…lol I should show him this thread!
Soooo easy to make them–I highly recommend them as they are precooked and sliced so all you do is heat/glaze/serve. The one I made last night was brown sugar glazed. Super easy. Buy it in the store, unwrap, it was 12-15 min/lb at 250 degrees (yes, 250 not 350–reheating not cooking, 350 will dry it out!) tightly wrapped in foil in a pan. About 1/2 hr before it’s done you take it out and glaze it (the pre-packaged glaze I made last night was granulated, you just mix in 2 tbsp water over med-high heat to boiling, remove from heat and glaze). Then just finish heating and serve!
I have a spiral ham rack from a Honey Baked Ham Co ham I had years ago which displays it nicely (and if you can order a Honey Baked, they are FAR superior to store hams but pretty pricey–good thing is they will deliver if there is no HBH store near you and you can usually find coupons) like the pic below.
Side dishes, I tend to make mashed potatoes, biscuits and green bean casserole. I know lots of people like mac n cheese (I do that the next meal with the leftover ham) or baked beans, or glazed carrots. All of it’s pretty simple. I’m with you though, far prefer Prime Rib–that’s what I’m making for Christmas dinner!
For dessert I like apple pie or apple crisp (I also make apple crisp pie which is AH-MAZING…pie crust with apples like a pie, but instead of top crust I put the apple crisp topping…soooo good). You can also serve apple sauce or glazed apples with your ham to keep the “apple-y” theme.
Post # 13
Also, to add:
on the plus side, spiral glazed hams are the least salty (that’s what I hate about regular ham) because they are sweeter. I’ve done them with pineapple in the glaze too so the pineapple bread pudding HisIrishPrincess mentioned will be on my list next time!
One more thing that’s a plus, it’s pretty hard to mess them up and they take very little effort because it’s basically reheating, they keep well and retain their heat/moisture if covered while you cook the rest and if you have a bunch of unplanned guests, a couple of those hams go far, look nice and are relatively simple. Plus you could still make a roast or something to go with it all so you’re happy too!
Post # 14
Another ham hater here! That pot roast, on the other hand, sounds delicious! If I were you, I would stick with what I like. Unless he’s cooking, he doesn’t have much of a say.
Post # 15
If he wants ham, he has to cook it. Or get some cold cuts and make your delicious beef.
Post # 16
Well I bought a ham today. FH rarely requests certain food, so I felt like I had to. Plus he got a fancy steak dinner at work today, so I can see why he wanted ham. I found a recipe that baste’s it in Riesling. Anything with wine in it, has to be good right? Haha
Still debating a roast. I shall wow the IN-Laws one way or another. Usually when there are holidays we ask what we can bring and we are told drinks. Well this time this girl is pulling out her martha stewart and betty crocker and making this a holiday to remember, even with ham!