We go from the darkness into the light.
I got tagged not once, but twice! We have this blog thing going on to see what each of us can come up with for Easter supper. I was tagged by Brandie at The Country Cook
and Chris at Cooking With Kick
. All in one week.
So here is my pick for Easter Supper.
The main dish is a Easter Ham in honor of Julia Child. She has always been an inspiration to me. My family loves this recipe. I live about 45 minutes from Smithfield Virginia. So, I chose to use a Smithfield ham for this recipe. You can use any ham you like. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.
Braised Whole Ham
In wine and aromatic vegetable
adapted from The Way To Cook
14 pound bone-in fully cooked ham
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup sliced onions
1 cup sliced celery
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons thyme
3 bay leaves
2 cups of dry white wine
(I used Chardonnay)
2 cups chicken broth
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Unwrap the ham and remove any strings or other extraneous matter. Rinse the ham under running water. Place the ham in a dutch oven, strew the vegetable around it. sprinkle the seasoning over it, pour the wine over top and add the chicken broth.
Set the dutch oven in the lower third level of the oven and braise for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Baste occasionally with the juices from the pan. It is done when an internal temperature is at 130 degrees. Strain the braising liquid from he pan, pressing juices out of the vegetable with the back of a spoon. Degrease the liquid and taste. If it is to salty, dilute with strong plain chicken stock.
Serve the ham juices as they are or make a gravy by combining 1/3 cup of flour to 1/3 cup butter or peanut oil. Make a loose paste. Stir over moderate low heat with a wooden spoon for 6-10 minutes until medium brown. Remove from heat and add the ham stock. Whisk until smooth and thick.
The finale will be Chocolate Dump Cake
, it is in a crock pot. All you have to do is set it and go.
Now I am going to pass the torch on to these bloggers and share the love. Lets see what we can make for our next holiday. That would be Memorial Day. OK, Lets see what y’all come up with!
and last but not least
Peace be with you,