Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easy Pineapple Glazed Ham and Lemony Roasted Asparagus


I can't believe that it's been over a week since I last posted a recipe! It also seemed as though Easter was just a few weeks away-- and now, I realize that it's in just a few days.

It's that time of year, when work becomes really hectic until the Class of 2013 marches to Pomp and Circumstance.  Once again, I will wave farewell to the students who have grown near and dear to my heart over the last four years.  I am so looking forward to Spring Break, so that I can take a little breather from the business of work. I'm planning to stay-cation and to do a little catch up on chores. I have a backlog of savory recipes and baked goods that I'm anxious to share with all of you.

This is the ham that I glazed and baked, for last year's Easter brunch, but I never posted.  Well, better late than never, right?  I just wanted to show you how easy it is to turn a spiral cut bone-in ham into something that looks impressive, but isn't a whole lot of work.  As tired as I get, this time of year, I need recipes that are easy to do.   
I'm not a fan of ham, at all.  I'm out numbered, because my men love it, so this is for them-- and the guests we invited to join us.   The enclosed ham glaze packet doesn't do much for me.  I used some homemade pineapple jam (a very easy recipe), dijon mustard and brown sugar.  I didn't measure, but I can tell you I use about 1 cup of pineapple jam, 3/4 cup of brown sugar and a couple healthy tablespoons of Dijon mustard.  I slathered the ham and loosely covered it in foil.  Following the instructions that came with the ham, I set it on a roasting rack and warmed it at about 275F for about 1-1/2 hours.  I removed the foil during the last hour and I though the ham glazed nicely. I was surprised at the drippings I found in the roasting pan.

I poured the drippings into a pot, add a bit of chicken stock and then made a quick cornstarch-water blend.  
 This made a lovely thick gravy, that I hadn't planned on!

I love asparagus steamed, sauteed or roasted.  Roasted, I think, is my favorite way to prepare and serve them.  I simply cut off the woody ends, sprinkle them with coarse salt & fresh cracked pepper and drizzle them with olive oil, then toss them to coat evenly.  This time, I sliced a couple of lemons fairly thin and laid the asparagus on top of a few of them, then spread the remaining lemon on top.  I roasted them on 450F for about 10 minutes, until they were just becoming tender, but not super soft.
I loved how the asparagus had a delicate notes of lemon.  Perfect.

The most loved dish I served was this Scalloped Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Gratin with Fresh Herbs.   Incredible!

I'm not a fan of going out for Easter Brunch, so this Sunday, I'll most likely make this same menu. It feeds a crowd, doesn't wear me out too much and I can put my feet up and savor a whole week of vacation.

I'll be busy in the kitchen, making some recipes I've been anxious to experiment with. But, first, I need to finally edit and organize recipes I've been posting teaser photos of on my Facebook Fan Page.

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Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

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Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Ham and asparagus spell Easter to me. Enjoy your vacation. Looks like you've got the right plan.

Big Dude said...

Sounds like a fine meal and since our asparagus is about to start producing, I'm saving every recipe I find - this one will be tried.

Noelle Marie said...

Been eating a lot of asparagus lately... so yum. LOVE it with lemon. I mean how can you NOT?!

Kim said...

Looks like a beautiful menu, Debby! Your ham is perfectly glazed and the gratin is so colorful with the sweet potatoes. I hope you enjoy your spring break!

Joanne said...

I can't believe time is passing so quickly either! We are having ham and vegetarian lasagna on easter! :)

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I just bought my spiral cut ham and was wondering what I should glaze it with. I don't have pineapple jam but I do have some of your apricot that I know would be delicious. I can imagine how ready you are for spring break, Debby. Have a happy and blessed Easter.

Karen said...

Mmm, this all looks good, but I just want to drink that gravy. Ha!

Barbara Bakes said...

What a great meal. Hope you had a wonderful day!