New Year Ham

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by chefbazookas, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. chefbazookas

    chefbazookas

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    Since I'm not cooking for Christmas, I thought I'd try to wrangle the family into spending New Year's Day gorging and chatting like we used to when my grandmother was alive.

    For the main dish, I'm thinking I'll prepare a roasted marmalade ham recipe I recently saw posted by Jamie Oliver.   Here's a link to the recipe:  http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/meat-recipes/roasted-marmalade-ham-usa-imperial-versi  

    I'd like your suggestions on what might be a good pairing for the meal as well as a possible dessert pairing (I'm not sure what sort of dessert would tie in given the ham is rubbed with marmalade).  Keep in mind my family are country folk and their collective palate has been sheltered.  I'm looking for something delicious but fairly traditional; nothing too adventurous. 

    Also it's a family tradition to cook cabbage and hide a dime in it for someone to find.  I'd like to keep that tradition so if anyone has suggestions on making something with cabbage included (that won't mind a thoroughly washed coin added), I'd appreciate that as well.  I'm not crazy about the cooked cabbage I've had in the past so I'm open to variations.

    I can use the broth from the ham as stock for something else, and I'll be asking questions about that in another thread eventually.

    So, in short, I'd be honored to receive your:

    1) Pairing suggestions for the Roasted Marmalade Ham recipe above (and a cabbage-included dish suggestion to plop a dime in)

    2) Dessert suggestions for the meal above

    Thanks in advance!

    I wish you all a very happy holiday and all the best in the new year!

    CB
     
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  2. brianshaw

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    1.  Keep it simple: Roasted baby potatos;  Sauted napa cabbage with apple, onion and bacon.  (I'd also consider a "sweet-and-sour" or German-style red cabbage.)

    2.  Apple pie.  Alternatively, an Apple Gallette.  If not that, a Tarte Tatin.  Although... an apple dumpling with homemade vanilla ice cream might be an interesting choice.

    Re: the dime.  I understand these traditions but choking hazard is the first thing that comes to mind.
     
  3. brianshaw

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    Pea soup; what else!  I hate that stuff, but if made with good stock and not too thick it would make a nice "soup and salad and sandwich" dinner.
     
  4. ishbel

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    I've used that Jamie Oliver recipe a number of times - and it's BRILLIANT.

    I served it with buttered cabbage (actually spring greens), hasselback potatoes and honeyed parsnips.

    For a pudding? Why not somemthing like a steamed syrup sponge?
     
  5. koukouvagia

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    I'd love the idea of a marmelade ham.  Don't worry, it won't be dessert-like at all, your family will love it.  I like the idea of echoing the fruit throughout the meal.  For sides I'd go with some green beans - blanched then sauteed with garlic, onion, tomoatoes, and lots of chili flakes.  That's always a hit.  You could parboil then roast some fingerling potatoes along with the ham.  A bitter salad would go well with this as well, try arugula and radiccio, and toss in some roasted pecans, orange supreme slices (echo), and some parmesan shavings.

    For dessert try a rice pudding with some kind of jam topping (echo).  Jamie has a brilliant recipe for icelandic rice pudding http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/other-recipes/icelandic-rice-pudding

    Ok now I'm drooling and stealing this menu.
     
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  6. butzy

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    I actually used a marmelade glaze on my christmas ham:

    Marmelade, calvados (had an open bottle) and a little chili (can't cook without it).

    It turned out absolutely fine!
     
  7. chefbazookas

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    I thank each of you so much for your delicious suggestions.  I want to try them all!  I was going to exclude the pea soup from that sentiment but anything flavored with ham juice can't be all bad. 

    If I can ever make this dinner wish come to fruition, I'll let everyone know how it goes.  Thanks again!

    CB
     
  8. asoefatida

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    Toasted poundcake with mascarpone  cheese and apricot amaretto sauce, garnished with sliced almonds