Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Baked Smoked Ham........Served With Sauerkraut And Vapor Baby Potatoes

 Although the Christmas Holidays are way over, and Lent is near, there is always something to celebrate about!! In fact, in a few days St. Valentine will be visiting us again. Maybe some of you will be having some friends over for a seated dinner so a baked smoked ham served with sauerkraut and vapor baby potatoes would hit the spot.  The February cold will make this meal specially welcome.
You will need: for the ham.
Serves 6 - 8
-  2 kg whole fully cooked smoked ham.  Ask your butcher not to slice.
For the glaze you will need:
-  Mix 1 cup brown sugar.
1 tablespoon cornstarch.
-  ¼ teaspoon salt.
-  1 can crushed pineapple with syrup.
-  2 Tbsp. lemon juice.
-  1 Tbsp. Colman's hot prepared mustard..
-  1 Tbsp. powdered ginger.
-  1 Tbsp. honey.
-  1 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper.
Method:
Mix and pulpify above indgredients for the glaze using a vertical hand held pulpifier.  Put on slow heat and let it boil for about 5 minutes stiring constantly. Put aside.
-  Score upper surface of ham slightly to form uniform rhombi (rhombuses) and insert a whole clove in each rhombus. Bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees C) till the inside temperature of the ham reaches about 140 degrees Fahrenheit. ( one and half hours). Use a meat thermometer.
During the last half hour, baste the whole ham with the glaze. 
Slice and serve with whole slices of  pineapple and sauerkraut.
For the Sauerkraut you will need:
-  2 kg of raw sauerkraut.
-  15 seeds of guniper, one bay leaf.
-  2 cups of Riesling white wine. If Riesling is not available, then just an aromatic, dry white wine will do.
-  1 cup water.
-  salt and freshly ground pepper.
Method: 
-  Put sauerkraut in a big saucepan with cover.
-  Add juniper berries, bay leaf, wine, water, salt and pepper.
-  Bring to a boil and simmer till the sauerkraut is cooked to your taste.
Serve with the baked ham and vapour potatoes.
Enjoy with your favorite beer!
Stelio
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