Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cranberry Ham - Fast, Easy and cheaper than Beef

I feel a trend coming on. The past couple weeks has really been busy and by the time I get home from work, my first thought is, "Supper again? Didn't I just do that last night?" With that in mind I am going to do some regular posts that will include quick and easy meals

You know I really don't mind cooking if I have the time and am not tired, so my cookbook is filled, as I am sure yours is, with meals that you love but they take a little time and also your favorite stand by, throw together type meals. 

Some of the meals I will be posting will be found recipes, that though I have not tried, they sound like good options and be ones I plan to try soon, others will be my tried and true favorites.

This recipe is one I tried and though a good one, I think is best used with regular ham slices and not "ham steak" like they sell in the store, which is what I have done in the past. 

Pork is now cheaper than beef and it's a good idea to add more pork recipes to your cookbook. The typical canned cranberry sauce is pretty well loaded with sugar but if you don't have a big amount, I don't see it as a big deal. Alternatively on those not so tired days you can make and can your own cranberry sauce and control the amount of sugar you use. 

Cranberry Ham

2 Slices (precooked) Ham (each slice 2 inches thick)
1 cup whole cranberry sauce
2 Tbs brown sugar
¼ tsp cloves

Place ham in greased casserole dish. Spoon cranberry sauce evenly over ham. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cloves. Bake covered. Precooked ham I would cook about 20 -30 minutes at 350*F. Cut slices in half to make 4 servings. Serves 4
**Good side dishes would be rice which can also be baked at same time, and steamed broccoli.
To bake rice: 1 cup white rice, 3 cups water, tsp salt, tsp butter (if desired). Spray baking pan (9x12 cake pan) with cooking spray and add rice, water and salt. Cook till tender, about 15-20 minutes. 
Next post - continuing along the Homemaking/Cooking theme will be a review of a couple favorite homemaking books that helped me get through my early homemaking years. I'll include links on where to get them. 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds yummy! I'm so fortunate that my friend Linda has moved into the attached apartment and loves to cook. I no longer have the energy - nor can I be around flame. I meant to come back and comment on your last post. I found it very touching - the one about your mother. xoxo