17 April 2024

Ham is a very versatile meat.  It is the main feature or a garnish.  Hams are cured, which means salt is used to draw the liquid from the meat and, thus, preserve it.  Smoking is another preservation process.

Pot Pie


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • salt to taste
  • ½ cup diced onions
  • 1/3 cup diced carrots
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups broth
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 1 cup cubed ham
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • ¼ cup water, or as needed
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • pastry dough



  • Melt butter in a saucepan and saute onions, carrot, and celery until onions are translucent.  Salt to taste.  Stir in flour and cook until mixture is a light, golden brown.  Add broth and stir constantly until mixture is slightly thick.
  • Add cream, ham, rosemary, salt and pepper to taste, and cayenne. Add ¼ cup of water and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add peas.  Adjust seasoning.  Remove from heat and cool.
  • Prepare your favorite pastry dough or use store-bought. Roll pastry to 1/8 inch thick and cut into circles slightly larger than the ramekin.  Press dough into the bottom and sides of the ramekin with the dough extending up and over the edge.
  • Fill to the top with ham mixture. Place a second piece of pastry on the top.  Seal the edges of the top and bottom dough.  Lightly brush with an egg wash.  Cut vent holes.
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees until the crust is golden brown, about 1 hour.

Three Cheese Ham Involtini

Similar to a lettuce wrap, this one substitutes ham slices for the green stuff.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, crushed or pressed
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, optional
  • 4 slices ham
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack
  • 12 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped



  • Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add mushrooms and onions; salt to taste.  Stir occasionally until onions are transparent.
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add bell peppers and saute until soft.  Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne.
  • Remove from heat. Transfer to a prepared baking dish.
  • Combine ricotta, Parmesean, and Monterey Jack cheeses and parsley. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Divide cheese mixture between four slices of ham. Roll into a tube.
  • Place ham tubes on top of the mixture in the baking dish. Top with additional Monterey Jack.
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until everything is heated through.

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Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small head cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 large potatoes, scrubbed and sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika, or to taste
  • 2 cups cubed ham



  • Heat butter in a skillet and stir in onion. Cook until translucent.
  • Add cabbage, water, and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes
  • Add potatoes and stir well. Cover and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.  Add additional water if necessary.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Simmer until cabbage and potatoes are fork tender.
  • Add ham and heat through.


Slow Cooker Potato and Ham Soup


  • 1 package (28 ounce) frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 2 cups diced cooked ham
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 cups broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounce) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion



  • Combine hash browns, ham, onion, celery, broth, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  • Cook, covered, on low 4 to 5 hours
  • Mix in cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Stir until cheeses are melted.  Cover and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve topped with chopped green onion for garnish.


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