Friday, April 23, 2010

Ham Dinner

Thor is happy that so many of you enjoyed his baby and teenage pictures. As I flipped through photo albums, I was struck over and over by the fact that he's always laying around wherever his people are, just enjoying the company - and sometimes chasing them (see the picture of him chasing Dan on the sled for proof).

It was cold, rainy and thundering on Wednesday night. The next street over lost their power for a while, so I took inspiration from the traditional "New England Boiled Dinner" of corned beef and cabbage. This was done quickly, and, best of all, at least from my perspective, it was not terribly salty.
UNTRADITIONAL BOILED DINNER

2 to 3 pound ham quarter

Red potatoes - 1 to 2 per person plus 2 for the pot (or the dog)
1 carrot per person, quartered lengthwise and cut in segments
1 large onion, cut in eighths

Water
1 tbsp salt
Butter

Put the ham in the pot with the onion and salt, and barely cover with water. Start cooking according to package directions. When the ham is 30 minutes from done, add the potatoes and carrots, and cook until done. Remove the ham from the pan, skim out the carrots, and drain the potatoes. Put 1/2 stick butter on the carrots, and add butter and parsley to the potatoes to make Heart Attack Potatoes. I added steamed spinach to this, because all of my meals contain something green (I tell my children it's required under State Statute #2). I passed a honey mustard sauce for the ham. Thor got his potatoes and some carrots along with ham, and everyone was happy!

Book sale this weekend. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

17 comments:

doggybloggy said...

there looks like there is a holiday hidden in here somewhere - I felt so nostalgic looking at the carrots and ham!

buffalodick said...

I made a couple of ham and Havarti on English muffins last night..good stuff! Thor's photos sure were cute yesterday!

Mango said...

That's what us mastiffs are really good at; just hanging with the family.

Slobbers,
Mango

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I have always wanted to make a boiled dinner. We have a traditional Maritime recipe that I should dig out.

gaylen said...

That dinner looks yummy. You can cook for me anytime. We had a throw together dinner last night - but I did add brocolli. g

Nichole said...

You're making me crave a true New England boiled dinner now... corned beef and cabbage.... mmm....... lol

Channon said...

Nice twist. Ham is always a hit around here - but only for the humans.

Rose said...

Yum! My mouth is watering!

Paula said...

Lovely, comforting dinner. Hey, I have a question for you. I can remember if we've discussed this before, and seeing your lovely dishes has me asking: do you serve your meals family style or do you make up plates for everyone? I do half and half now. I make up the initial plates, but I put the fruit or salad in a big bowl on the table. Seconds are self serve (well, sometimes I'll dish those out, too!).

Paula said...

Once again, I wish blogger had an edit button. I meant to say "CAN'T remember" ... not "can remember". *sigh*

Pam said...

The whole meal looks amazing and totally reminds me of my childhood. My mom would serve our ham with honey butter - it was so good.

noble pig said...

I love meals like this, easy, yummy and everyone's happy.

The Blonde Duck said...

Heart attack potatoes, nom nom nom. I could compose a song...

Pam said...

If Thor's happy, we're all happy.

Linda said...

I've never made it quite like this and I might just have to try it with the next ham. I really enjoyed Thor's life in pictures...he has quite the history.

grace said...

i'm glad thor's getting his veggies--that balanced diet has helped him become the massive beast he is today. :)
incidentally, we had boiled ham last night! that's good stuff.

Sue said...

That looks and sounds like a meal my Grandmother used to prepare. She was from your area and she was just the best cook. It makes my mouth water to think about it.