Thursday, September 19, 2013

So Much Ham

Last week, ham was on sale at the grocery store for 88¢ a pound. We try to economize as my husband is a teacher and I am lawyer but I am working temporarily at a non-profit. So we bought the smallest one we could find and it weighed seven pounds.

It was so delicious but there was a lot left over (including the bone which is sitting in our freezer waiting to be made into stock). So far we've made two dinners out of the leftover ham and we still have at least one more dinner's worth of ham in the fridge.

The ham was great the first time around and both of the recipes were too delicious not to share! The soup was even better as a left over at lunch.

Broccoli and Ham Bake*

1lb bag frozen broccoli, defrosted (cuts work fine here but you can use florets)
2 c. cubed cooked ham
2 T butter or olive oil
2 T all purpose flour
1/2 t seasoning salt (can omit)
1/4 t pepper
1/4 t dry mustard
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 c. milk†

Heat the oven to 350º and grease a casserole dish. Defrost the broccoli (if you prefer mushier vegetables do more than just defrost the broccoli and cooking it a little bit). Melt butter in pot (or heat up oil) and whisk in the flour. Add the salt, pepper, and mustard. Cook the flour for two minutes. Whisk in the milk, then stir in the cheese. After the cheese is well mixed in (after 2 or 3 minutes), add the defrosted broccoli and cubed ham. Mix and add to the greased casserole dish. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

* I believe this recipe came from the outside of a bag of broccoli because all I have is a index card with no source info and the ingredients say 1 pakgage of broccoli florets.

† FYI I always use skim milk in recipes even if the recipe just calls for milk since I drink skim milk and that's what we have on hand.

Ham and Potato Soup
(Original Recipe from Here)

1 qt. broth (I used a quart of water and chicken better than bullion)
3 1/2 c. peeled and diced potatoes*
1 chopped onion
1 c. cubed cooked ham
1 c. frozen green peas
1/2 t. celery seed†
1 t pepper

5 T butter or olive oil
5 T all purpose flour
2 c. milk

Combine the first group of ingredients in a stockpot. Bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat until all the vegetables are tender. Melt butter or heat oil in a saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook stirring contently for two minutes. Slowly whisk in milk and cook for 5 minutes until thick. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot and mix thoroughly.

We were so hungry and this was so good that I did not get a picture of it. I cannot wait to make it again though. Next time I may play around with a different mix of vegetables because I love carrots in soup but we were out of carrots this week.

* My husband was in charge of dinner prep. He told me he just chopped lots things up and didn't pay close attention to the amounts so I am not sure if this recipe accurately reflects the quantity of chopped vegetables and ham used. I also just emptied the remainder of a bag of frozen peas into the stock pot. What can I say, cooking is an art.

† The original recipe calls for 1/3 cup of diced celery. I usually buy a bunch of celery dice it and freeze it to use as needed. We had no frozen celery and didn't pick up any when we did our weekly grocery store run so I looked on the internet and learned that you can substitute 1 cup of celery for 1 teaspoon of celery seed in recipes where all you really need is the celery flavor, like in this soup.


  1. Ha! You and I had the same thought. Hubs and I have just eaten our way through a huge (and cheap) Costco ham. I used the last third for soup (the Honey Baked recipe). After almost a week, we're finally done with it. Are you hammed out yet. :)

    1. Maybe. Ham is one of my favorite things but I think we might have to freeze over the rest of the left over ham for a bit.

  2. the broccoli and ham bake looks perfect!

    1. Both recipes were so incredibly delicious!

  3. Oooh I will definitely need to try the broccoli ham bake. Looks great! Do you like split pea soup? I usually add ham when I make it- really yummy. I'm sure I have a recipe on my blog if you need one.


    1. Oh! I was thinking about making split pea soup and now I will definitely make some with the rest of the left over ham. We've still got enough ham to make at least one more meal out of it. To the freezer it will go until I find the perfect split pea soup recipe.


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