Ham and Cheese Puffs

Ham and Cheese Puffs
These are simple and delightful! They can be baked and frozen then just brought out and thrown in a toaster oven when needed!
Serves: 64 puffs
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups Shredded Sharp (Old) Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup ( approx 7 oz or 200 grams) ham, (can be leftover baked ham or deli ham) or crisp bacon, finely chopped
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 can (4 oz. /114 ml) chopped Jalapenos, drained (optional)
Directions
  1. Combine water, butter, and salt in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat Add the flour all at once Beat with a wooden spoon until well mixed , Return to medium heat stirring vigorously, until the batter leaves the sides of the pan and a ball of paste forms.
  3. Remove from heat Add eggs, one at a time, beating vigorously after each one until the dough is smooth. (Be patient and beat thoroughly)
  4. Stir in cheese, ham, Jalapenos (if using) and dry mustard.
  5. Place heaping teaspoonful on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 400 F for 15 to 20 minutes until firm and golden.
Notes
If you are going to freeze best to double the recipe IF FREEZING: Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container between layers of wax paper. Reheat if frozen 350° oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

If using fresh Jalapeno peppers use 1 medium - large one

One bag of shredded sharp cheddar cheese yields 3 cups just perfect if doubling recipe

 

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Ham and Cheese Sliders
These Ham and Cheese sliders are simple and crowd pleasing sandwiches. Ham and melted cheese topped with a poppy seed butter sauce
Ingredients
  • 24 white dinner rolls
  • 24 pieces honey ham
  • 24 small slices Swiss cheese
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup miracle whip
  • Poppy seed sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon poppyseeds
  • 1½ Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and miracle whip. Spread onto both sides of the center of each roll. Place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss inside of each roll. Close rolls and place them into a large baking dish or heavy cookie sheet. Place very close together.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over all of the sandwiches. You do not have to use all of the sauce! Just use enough to cover the tops.
  3. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly.
  4. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes or until tops are slightly brown and crispy. Serve warm.
Notes
Sandwiches can be assembled a day ahead and kept in the fridge ready to bake.

 

Sweet and Spicy Ham and Cheese Puff Pastries

Sweet and Spicy Ham and Cheese Puff Pastries
If you need a party snack, try these. They’re sprinkled with a spice blend that makes absolutely no sense but it’s a mix that’s sweet and spicy and gives these pastries a little something-something that’s completely unexpected.
Serves: 8 pastries
Ingredients
  • Spice Blend:
  • ½ TABLESPOON CHILI POWDER
  • 1 TEASPOON COARSELY GROUND BLACK PEPPER
  • ½ TEASPOON DRIED THYME
  • ½ TEASPOON GROUND ALLSPICE
  • ½ TEASPOON GROUND CINNAMON
  • ¼ TEASPOON GROUND CLOVES
  • ¼ TEASPOON ONION POWDER
  • ⅛ TEASPOON GARLIC POWDER
  • FINE SEA SALT, TO TASTE
  • For the Pastries:
  • ONE 17.3-OUNCE PACKAGE FROZEN PUFF PASTRY (2 SHEETS), DEFROSTED ACCORDING TO PACKAGE DIRECTIONS
  • ½ POUND THINLY SLICED BLACK FOREST HAM
  • ½ POUND SHARP WHITE CHEDDAR CHEESE, THINLY SLICED
  • 1 EGG, BEATEN WITH 1 TABLESPOON WATER, FOR EGG WASH
  • 1 TEASPOON FINE SEA SALT
Directions
  1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat® or parchment paper.
  2. Combine the Spice Blend ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. To Make the Pastries: Unfold the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Cut each pastry sheet into four (about 5-inch) squares.
  4. Place the ham and cheese on the centers of the pastry squares, dividing them evenly.
  5. Sprinkle some of the Spice Blend lightly over the ham and cheese.
  6. Fold two opposite corners of each square over the filling to make a pouch, and press the edges to seal; transfer the pastries to the prepared baking sheet. (If the pastry edges aren’t sticking together, dab them with a little water to help “glue” them in place.)
  7. Brush each pastry evenly with egg wash. Sprinkle them with more Spice Blend, to taste. Sprinkle sea salt evenly over the pastries.
  8. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the pastries are golden brown. Remove the pastries from the baking sheet, and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Glazed Baked Ham with Fruit Sauce

Glazed Baked Ham with Fruit Sauce
Honey, cider and spices flavor this raisin fruit sauce. Canadian back bacon would be a good choice for this recipe too
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1 ham, 4 to ready to serve or precooked
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 ½ cup apple cider
  • 1 lemon juice and rind
  • ¼-tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp of ground allspice
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped dried apricots or mixed dried fruit
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
Directions
  1. If ham has rind, remove it with a sharp knife. Sprinkle the ¼ tsp of ground cloves on outside. Combine ½ cup brown sugar and honey, cider, lemon juice and rind, and spices. Pour over ham in roasting pan. Cover with foil or lid, and bake in 350 F oven for 1 to 1 ½ hour or the internal temperature reaches 160 F. Baste occasionally, adding the raisins and dried fruit for the last half hour.
  2. Mix remaining ¼ cup brown sugar and honey; spread on top of the ham. Raise heat to 425 F and bake uncovered about 15 minutes longer. Remove ham to a platter Skim any excess fat from roasting pan. Blend cornstarch with cold water; stir into roasting pan on top of stove. Cook and stir until thickened. Serve the sauce separately, or spoon a little over each serving.
Notes
Can use Lemon juice and dried lemon rind instead of fresh lemon.

Can use 1 cup of apple juice and ½ cup of apple cider vinegar instead of the apple cider.

A Paleo Breakfast: Baked Eggs in Ham Cups

 

A Paleo Breakfast: Baked Eggs in Ham Cups
Simple, easy, and a paleo breakfast! You can really go as creative as you like with your ingredients. I made two different styles of it: Scrambled and Non-scrambled
Ingredients
  • Eggs (1 egg for each muffin tin cup you plan on making)
  • Ham or smoked turkey ham (1 or 2 slices for each muffin tin cup you plan on making)
  • (Optional) Scallions or whatever you like with your eggs.
Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F. Grease up your Muffin/Cupcake Pan. You can either spray it down with some cooking spray, or smear some Coconut Oil all over it.
  2. Fit 1 or (2 if ham is sliced real thin) slices of ham in to each muffin cup.
  3. (Optional) Depending on if you want your eggs all scrambled or not, you can crack an egg in to a separate cup and beat it before dumping it in to the ham cups. If you do decide on doing this, you can also mix in your other ingredients (think chopped mushrooms/scallions/spinach).
  4. If you like your eggs whole, go ahead and crack that egg in to the cup!
  5. (Optional) Throw a few pieces of chopped up scallions on top for garnish!
  6. Pop that muffin pan in to the oven which you previously preheated and bake for 15 minutes or however well you like your eggs.
Notes
Re: the 15 minutes cooking time, the scrambled egg version was more well-done than the non-scrambled one, so you might want to keep that in mind.

 

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