Sunday, December 26, 2010

Great Northern Ham Soup

2 TBS olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. diced baby carrots
1 stalk celery, diced

2 c. diced baked ham

7 c. organic chicken broth, warm (or substitute vegetable broth)

2 c. dry Great Northern White Beans, rinsed

1/2 tsp marjoram
1 tsp parsley flakes
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

Heat olive oil in 4 qt. saucepan. Add onion, garlic, carrots & celery and saute until onions start to become translucent. Add ham & saute 2 minutes more.

Pour in broth; stir well to combine. Bring to a boil. Stir in beans; add seasonings. Cover, reduce heat & simmer on low for 2 & 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add more liquid if necessary.

Spiral Ham with Irish Whiskey Glaze

2 TBS Irish Whiskey (Bushmills White Label)

5 TBS light brown sugar
4 TBS Irish Whiskey
1 & 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

Bake spiral ham (Cook's brand 1/2 Brown Sugar Spiral Ham preferred) according to package directions, covered tightly with foil.

In small ceramic bowl, combine brown sugar, 4 TBS whiskey & mustard; whisk until well blended.

With 1/2 hour left to cook, remove foil from ham, baste liberally with Irish Whiskey (use more than 2 TBS if necessary). Generously spread glaze over ham. Return to oven for remaining 1/2 hour of cooking time.

Remove ham from oven & let stand 10 minutes before serving.