I can’t be the only person who feels like they’re spending a ridiculous amount of time cooking; or if not cooking, then worrying about what to cook next. I’d got a bit tired of that, so this week I deliberately chose food which I could cook for one dinner, but which would provide several different meals on subsequent days.
Genius! Why did it take so long for me to get here?
This post is all about a joint of unsmoked Gammon. My local supermarket has these joints in several sizes, and although there’s only 2 of us at home these days, I bought a 2kg boneless joint.
You can bake or boil these, I usually boil mine as per the instructions, then bake it for 30 minutes with a dark Muscovado sugar, mustard and honey topping..
Dinner No 1: a delicious Bacon and Cabbage Irish Dinner – complete with Champ – Mr Saturday Night’s favourite.
With most of a joint of cold ham leftover – what were my options?
A couple of lunches: A slice of cold ham, on toasted Sourdough, with a perfectly fried egg on top:
Another of Mr SN’s favourites: Pasta Surprise
He likes reheated leftovers of this for lunch too, so happy days..
While I was making this, I cubed a bit more of the ham, and froze it, for Pasta Surprise another day.
Another day, another Lunch: Proper Ham sandwiches, with sliced tomato and a sprinkle of garlic salt – the way my dad liked them
Dinner No 3:
Add some Ham to your home-made Pizza. The kids will enjoy ‘helping’ to knead the dough, and decorating their own Pizzas
And finally, after 4 days, I added a little shredded ham to my already-delicious Vegetable and Lentil soup – it makes it much more of a meal, and the ham adds a lovely extra layer of flavour.
There are so many ways you can use up this ham – any number of pasta dishes which would benefit from this extra ingredient – Check out the recipes on Eating for Ireland, for more ham-based inspiration!
Try this great old recipe to use up the very last of the ham- or even the bits that you froze the other day!https://eatingforireland.com/recipe/spicy-mexican-gammon/
Next time, I’m going to give you several days of Chicken dinners using either a packet of Chicken breasts or the remains of a roast Chicken dinner!