Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Caught Up & A Christmas Ham

Here is the other block I finished that I forgot to photograph. Looking at it here I see one little intersection that doesn’t quite match up, so I’ll correct that before the quilt is assembled. Now that I’m caught up with these Designer Mystery BOM’s, I’ll go back to working on Winter Wonderland blocks. I may also put together the center stitcheries and fly stitch between them.

I thought I would treat you to this great Christmas ham recipe I’ve been making for many years. The first year I made it I was single and had the folks at my office over for a holiday dinner. I couldn’t get them out of the kitchen after dinner – they literally hovered over the leftover ham and picked the bone clean! It can be made with just about any ham as long as there is a little fat on the outside to make some pan drippings. This year I’m using a bone-in, spiral-cut ham. Enjoy!

Champagne Ham with Mustard Glaze

1 fully cooked 6-8 lb ham shank
Whole Cloves
¾ cup champagne
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 Tblsp brandy

Cut off and discard the tough, leather-like skin from ham. Score fat and stud with cloves. Place in roasting pan and pour champagne over ham.

Bake, uncovered, in a 325° oven, basting frequently with pan drippings, until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion (not touching bone) registers 140°, allow 20-22 mins per pound.

Meanwhile combine mustard, sugar and brandy in small pan. Place over low heat and cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Brush ham with mixture several times during the last 30 mins. of baking. Serve remaining mustard mixture with ham as desired.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to thank you for the delicious ham glaze recipe. I just might try it for New Year's. I went a bit crosseyed trying to find the spot on your block that "doesn't line up". Want to wish you a Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year to come.
Louise

PamKittyMorning said...

Ohh fun ham recipe.. seems like a bit of a waste of champagne though, I love champagne (and not so much ham.)

Love the block, makes me want to get back to my sewing room. Merry Christmas!

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. The ham recipe is yummy sounding.
Teresa

Karen said...

The recipe sounds delicious.
I think your block is beautiful! This is quite a quilt you are working on!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh gosh that sounds good Candace. I'd have to use apple juice at my house but I don't think it would make it any less tasty!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

WOW that sounds sooo good. Thank you for sharing.