Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday Recipes...Leftover Madness!

Yesterday we had a lovely ham for dinner. Of course, we have leftovers...lovely, succulent ham leftovers, the best kind!

Tonight for dinner, we'll have one of the Darlin' Man's favorite dishes...

Ham Hash
1 cup diced ham
2 cups diced potatoes
1/2 cup diced onions
2 tablespoons butter
Melt butter in cast iron skillet or frying pan. Add potatoes and ham. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, then add onions and saute for additional 5 minutes, stirring so it doesn't burn/scorch.
Serve hot.

A simple dish, but it disappears from plates FAST around here.

I, personally, am drooling in anticipation of MY favorite ham leftover dish..

Hawaiian Ham Croquettes
1 cup finely minced or diced ham
1/4 cup green pepper finely diced
1/4 cup finely minced pineapple (you can use crushed pineapple--well drained)
3 tablespoons finely diced celery
1 egg
1/2 to 1 cup dry breadcrumbs (really, it is personal preference here, plus local humidity)
Mix all of the above together, make small patties--about a teaspoon of mixture to a patty and fry in oil (just enough oil to cover). Drain on paper towels.
I make a sauce to go with the croquettes by using about a tablespoon of the frying oil, 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 3 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of (powdered) ginger with a teaspoon or so of cornstarch and 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water. I serve the ham croquettes over rice and spoon on a bit of the sauce.

Of course, there is always ham and beans when we get down to the bone, ham salad to be made with all the bits and pieces, omelets with ham and cheese, etc.
I love the versatility of ham!

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