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Simple Recipes Ham - 5 Ways For 5 Days

A quality spiral ham is the ultimate simple yet versatile meat and here's proof. These are five different ways to serve it so you can have a different meal each day of the week with limited prep time. And since the ham is fully cooked, it is a snap to create these comfort food masterpieces day after day. And you thought that half ham was going to be too large for your family of 4!

Monday's Hammy Quiche
Cook time: 45 minutes,
Prep Time: 10 Minutes,
Serves 4
Ingredients: 9 inch pie crust shell, 3 eggs, 1 cups half and half, 1 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup chopped cubed pams-hams, salt and pepper to taste, optional: chopped spinach, onions or mushrooms

Sprinkle half the cheese on the pie crust, whisk remaining ingredients and pour into pie crust. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

TIP: If you don't have half and half handy, use the milk in your fridge and add 1/3 stick melted butter.

Tuesday's Great Ham Dinner
Cook time: 45 minutes,
Prep Time: 20 minutes,
Serves 4
This is my idea of the perfect meal - holiday or otherwise. See recipes - sides for the side dishes that best compliment the ham. My choice would be green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese and sweet potato casserole. Delicious and colorful!

Wednesday's Chef Salad Extraordinaire
Cook time: 0 minutes,
Prep Time: 10 minutes,
Serves 4
1 cup chopped pams-hams, 4 slices swiss cheese sliced, 4 slices cheddar cheese sliced, 2 hard boiled eggs chopped, cucumber sliced, one head of iceberg lettuce chopped. Combine all ingredients and serve with your favorite dressing. In my family, we each use a different dressing but here's a couple of fun and simple dressing suggestions. Combine 1/3 cup each ranch and thousand island dressing. Ranch island dressing! Combine 1/3 cup each Italian dressing (I like Newmans) and Caesar dressing (again, I prefer Newmans.) It's a Newman medley!

Thursday's Jambalaya
Cook time: 30 minutes,
Prep Time: 15 minutes,
Serves: 4
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups pams-hams diced, 1 large onion diced, 1 can okra drained, green pepper chopped, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 cup uncooked rice, 1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes, cup chicken broth, 2 T. olive oil, hot pepper sauce (Tabasco or other), salt and pepper to taste. In a large saucepan, use olive oil to brown onions, garlic, okra and green pepper. (about 5 minutes) Add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer until rice is cooked (about 25 minutes).

Friday's Wild Rice and Ham Chowder
Cook time: 45 minutes,
Prep Time: 10 minutes,
Serves 4
Now that you've widdled down the ham, you can end the week with a great soup using your ham bone. See recipes - soup for this favorite or any of the other ham soup recipes. Serve with crusty bread and/or remaining salad from Wednesday!

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Pam is the owner of and retired marketing director for a specialty ham retailer. As anyone with kids can understand, the move was made in order to have more flexibility with the family. Hobbies include cooking and entertaining and finding clever new ways to make a meal easier or better. Also fond of water sports, Samoyeds, cats and small red head children.