Holiday Cooking Made Easy
Honey Glazed Smoked Ham
Prep Time: 30 minutes ● Cook Time: 6 hours ● Yield: 12 servings
1 6-lb. “ready to eat” ham
1 c. pineapple juice
¾ c. chicken stock
½ c. honey
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. dry mustard
½ tsp. cayenne
½ tsp. ground cloves
1. The night before you smoke, mix together the black pepper, paprika, sugar, salt, 1 teaspoon of dry mustard and cayenne. Rub over the surface of the ham, wrap in foil and let sit in the refrigerator overnight.
2. In the morning, remove the ham from the refrigerator and let sit for 1 hour. Remove foil. In the meantime, prepare the smoker. You will be smoking at about 210°F.
3. Mix together the chicken stock, ¾ cup of pineapple juice, vegetable oil, ½ teaspoon dry mustard and cloves. Warm over medium heat until completely mixed.
4. Place ham in smoker and baste with sauce once every hour. While ham is smoking, prepare the glaze by mixing together the honey, ¼ cup of pineapple juice, ½ teaspoon dry mustard and a pinch of ground cloves. Brush generously with glaze a couple of times during the last hour of smoking.
Golden Pineapple Casserole
Prep Time: 15 minutes ● Cook Time: 45 minutes ● Yield: 8 servings
2 cans (20 ounces each) crushed pineapple
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
4 slices bread (crusts removed), buttered and cubed
1. Drain pineapple, reserving 1 cup juice.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine pineapple and juice with sugar, flour and eggs; mix well.
3. Spoon into a 2-qt. baking dish; top with bread cubes.
4. Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until set and browned. Serve as a side dish with ham or poultry.
Holiday Butter Cookies
Prep Time: 25 minutes ● Cook Time: 10 minutes ● Yield: 78 servings
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
2. Using a cookie press fitted with your choice of cookie cutter; press dough 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set but not brown, 6-8 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
3. Sprinkle cookies with your choice of holiday colors.