I’ve told you before that Kramer’s boss is a great guy. Even though Kramer, my husband, passed away in June of 2019, his boss has continued to be great to our family. Last year for Christmas he gave us a huge ham. Karl’s work had given him a ham and being there were only a few of us gathering, we ate Karl’s ham.
Well…you know know how chest freezers go. Something gets put in and if it’s not used immediately, it sinks to the bottom. That’s where the HUGE ham landed.
I was working on getting things in the freezer under a little better control and discovered the ham. I took it out with the intention of cooking it the first weekend in December when I had a lot of family home. Well, I was just about to put the ham in the oven when Buck called and told me he was on his way home and had all of the kids. I said great. I was just about to put the ham in the oven.
Buck said, “Ham, really?” His voice wasn’t excited. Then he explained that since Thanksgiving that’s all their family has eaten. We have ham at Thanksgiving and then they made another ham a couple of days later for Lucy’s birthday party.
Normally he loves ham but I agree. That’s a lot of ham and to have it again here, that would be a lot.
So…what’s a good mom to do? I made a different meal.
That left me with the HUGE ham. I ended up putting it in the frig and cooked it two days later for Karl’s birthday supper here. No one who was attending was “hammed out”. It turned out great. The ham was awesome…we all were so happy with our meal.
I offered to the kids to take some ham home. Craig said, “I’d rather come back for Scalloped Potatoes and Ham.” He knows me so well. Yes, I’ll be making Scalloped Potatoes and Ham.
Karl took some ham…Kelli intended to but then forgot it here.
So the HUGE ham has been feeding us for lots of meals. Here are some of the things I’m doing with it…After I cut much of the ham off, I left a meaty bone. Pea soup is on the menu. We all love pea soup. HERE is my recipe.
Remember Craig wanted… scalloped potatoes and ham. Well, it’s all in the crockpot ready to start cooking. You can find the recipe for that HERE.
I chopped up much of it into cubes.
Then I packaged it up into small bags and put it in the freezer. I’ll pull these out when I’m making omelets, meat lovers pizza, Hawaiian pizza…or our favorite…Friend potatoes and ham.
This is the makings for fried potatoes and ham. This is a Kramer family favorite and it’s so simple. I take cooked potatoes, chop them up along with ham and onion…
and fry them in a pan that has a couple of tablespoons of melted butter in the bottom. Add a little salt and pepper…some garlic. YUM! If I had a restaurant, I would for sure serve this. It’s a real comfort food around here.
This was my lunch…YUM.
I made up the fixings for two more of these meals all chopped and in pyrex containers in the refrigerator. I’m going to have an easy weekend of cooking. Everything is prepped. All I have to do is fry it up.
The ham was truly the gift that kept on giving. YUM!! We all love ham and we so appreciate getting them as it’s not something I typically buy unless it’s the holiday.