I doubt that many of you would correctly guess what sinful delight appears in the photograph above…
We had a Southern style ham for one of our Easter meals. It was salty, dense and absolutely delicious. I am not too fond of the sometimes cloyingly sweet, pineapple-ly soaked or treated (pineapple is the one fruit I am allergic to) hams that often appear on Filipino holiday buffets, but I do like the saltier, denser country hams common in the U.S. South. We do have some hams that are less sweet like a Majestic ham or similar full leg, bone-in ham, but they always seem a bit less “well-fed” than the humongous Southern hams from the U.S. At any rate, the unidentified stuff on the plate in the first photo above was some of the mustard/brown sugar glaze of the ham that slipped off and caramelized/burned on the bottom of the roasting pan. One of our guests requested that we SCRAPE it up and serve it with the ham, so she could cut little pieces of this sinful, fatty, sugary goodness and eat it along with every slice of ham! A sort of anti-diabetic condiment of choice. And she IS a diabetic! :) If my mom were around, she would probably do the same thing! Both would just pop a “pill” after the meal to prevent untoward incidents during dessert or shortly thereafter. Yikes.
If more of the glaze had stayed on the ham, it might have been a bit more burnished than this, but it tasted terrific nonetheless. This 15+ pound ham could easily feed 40 people generously. And at say $60-75 (without shipping to Manila), this is an incredibly economical way to feed a crowd. I figure by weight it is nearly HALF the price of local hams.
We also served a simple tomato and mozzarella salad with slices of several kinds of stomatoes, baby mozzarella, lots of good olive oil and shredded fresh basil sprinkled on top of it all just before serving.
We also made some baked sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar. Not a low calorie meal at all. :) And the best part? Leftovers… ham sandwiches, vegetables with ham, chef’s salads, omelettes, fried rice, soups, etc.!