Ham is an ideal summer food because it is purchased fully cooked and ready to use. Of course, it's also traditional at Easter, when most people have tons of leftovers. The tender texture and sweet and salty flavor blend well in many recipes and with many ingredients. And most kids really like ham. Think about tossing some ham together with pasta, tomatoes and cheese, throw some chopped ham into a stove-top omelet or your favorite potato salad, or set out ingredients, including thin sliced ham, for make your own sandwiches.
When you find canned or vacuum packed ham on sale in your local supermarket, buy a few and store according to the package directions, paying particular attention to sell-by and use-by dates. You can freeze ham for 1-2 months, but the texture and flavor will change and once thawed, the ham should be used only in cooked dishes for best results.
A few years ago, I discovered center-cut ham slices. These 1" thick slabs of ham are ideal cooked on the grill, glazed with mustard and honey, or served with salsas that you can make from scratch or purchased salsas dressed up with some fresh ingredients.
Start With Ham
- Cheesy Ham Pasta
Double cheddar pasta sauce is the secret ingredient in this wonderful and warming recipe.
- Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on Sourdough Bread
This unusual way of making sandwiches is perfect for a picnic or potluck.
- Ranch Ham Salad
This wonderful five ingredient salad recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner.
- Grilled Ham with Pineapple-Cherry Salsa
This pineapple salsa is delicious served with chips as an appetizer too, and it's perfect with smoky grilled ham.
- Ham and Rotini Primavera
Summer squash and potatoes, with pasta and ham, make a wonderful dinner recipe.
- Ham and Swiss Quiche
This classic quiche is delicious and gorgeous.