Homemade Baked Ham Recipe

Another great old recipe from Grammy’s cookbook.

Place whole or half ham fat side up on rack in open roasting pan. Do not cover and do not add water. Bake in slow oven (300 F), allowing 15-20 minutes per pound for a large ham; 20-25 minutes per pound for a small ham; and 25-30 minutes per pound for a half ham.

Thermometer should measure 170 degrees when done. Ham may be basted during cooking with honey, syrup from canned fruit, or cider. Or, the last 30 minutes of baking, score fat in diamond shapes; stick a whole clove in each diamond and rub surface with dry mustard and brown sugar moistened with ham drippings.

Leftover ham? Try this recipe:

Baked Ham with Pineapple and Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 slices ham, 1 inch thick
  • prepared mustard
  • 6 slices canned pineapple, plus some reserved syrup
  • 3 cooked sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in half
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar

Cut each ham slice into 3 pieces. Spread with mustard and place in greased baking dish. Top each piece of ham with a pineapple slice, then half a sweet potato. Pour some pineapple syrup over, then sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake uncovered for one hour at 325 F.

Serves 6.

Cheese Toast Recipe

Cheese Toast is very simple to prepare, and if you let your imagination go, and you get creative, you can produce some delicious snacks and appetizers, based on this simple dish.

For a quick and easy snack …

  • toast one or two slices of any kind of bread
  • slice enough Cheddar to cover the toast
  • and toast under the grill till the cheese is melted and slightly browned.

Some simple options are …

  • Use other cheeses, either by themselves or in combination with cheddar
  • Spread some ketchup, chutney, pesto, salsa or pepper jelly on the toast before adding the cheese
  • Add a slice or two of tomato
  • If you are not a vegetarian add some cooked and chopped bacon as well

To serve as appetizers or hors d’oeuvres do one slice per person and cut each slice into three fingers.

Now To Get Even More Creative

Whether you are vegetarian or not, in addition to the above, there are so many more ways to get creative with this basic recipe …

  • Toast any kind of roll sliced in half, or muffin, or crumpet instead of bread
  • Spread a layer of chutney, sweet pickles, pesto, salsa or paepper jelly on the toasted roll
  • Add a layer of asparagus, mushroom, sliced tomatoes, or sliced onions (cooked or raw)
  • If you are not a vegetarian add a layer of fried bacon, ham, chicken, left over cooked mince or other meats, shrimps, smoked salmon, tuna, anchovies
  • Cover with grated or sliced cheese(s) of your choice
  • Grill till cheese is melted and browned on top

Two versions of this, a “Ham and Asparagus Melt” and a “Tuna and Asparagus Melt”, were extremely popular with golfers wanting a snack in my restaurant days.

Often they would make a meal of it by adding a salad, or a bowl of fries, or some deep fried onion rings.Please add YOUR comments below, and if you like this page please give it a boost by liking it or sharing it on Facebook, or sending it to a friend by email.

How to Make Bacon Jerky

Have you tried making bacon jerky?

Any recipe that includes bacon tastes great, but make sure to consume it in moderation as it comes with some negative effects to your health.

Usually, a bacon jerky is cooked using a dehydrator, but you can also use an oven.

Things needed for making bacon jerky

Preparing a bacon jerky recipe requires time as it involves a long process of steady yet slow cooking.

Oven – You can use either a gas or electric oven as long as it can handle 170°F to 200°F.

Oven-safe metal pan – This will be used to catch the dripping juice from the bacon.

Oven rack – This is where you will lay the bacon.

Basting brush – Use the silicon brush in applying the marinade.

Thermometer – Cooking bacon jerky requires a low temperature that’s why you need to use an oven thermometer to maintain the required heat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. bacon (uncured)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup sriracha

Step by step procedure:

Step #1. When buying bacon that you will use for this recipe, choose the ones with less fat so that the bacon jerky won’t spoil faster. Thaw the bacon completely before putting them in the oven.

Step #2. While thawing the bacon, you can prepare the sauce that you will use as marinade and basting as well. You’ll need to combine the honey, sriracha, and black pepper listed above. This mixture will give a sweet and spicy blend. You can also experiment with your own recipe of marinade by adding Worcestershire sauce or liquid smoke.

Step #3. Preheat the oven to its lowest temperature. To save time you can preheat the oven before making the sauce and place the baking sheet or oven-safe pan at the bottom of your oven.

Step #4. In a bowl, combine the marinade and the bacon. Make sure that there’s no excess moisture in the bacon. Set aside after coating the bacon with the marinade.

Step #5. Lay each bacon strips on the rack and there should be enough space between each piece. Place the rack inside once the oven achieves the temperature. Make sure that the oil will drop to the baking sheets.

Step #6. The cooking time for bacon jerky is about 3 ½ hours but may also vary depending on the thickness of the meat.

Step #7. To ensure even cooking, you should ensure that the temperature inside the oven is steady. You can also flip the bacon every hour.

Step #8. Take out the bacon from the oven once you achieve the desired chewiness and texture. You will know that the meat is turning to a bacon jerky once the color starts to change. Place the bacon strips on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Let it cool for 15-20 minutes.

Storing the bacon jerky

You can store the bacon jerky in an airtight container for later consumption and it would last for a couple of months. But, if you want a longer shelf life, store it in the freezer and it would last for about 4 months.

How to Smoke a Turkey in an Electric Smoker

How to Smoke a Turkey in an Electric Smoker

A perfectly smoked turkey is an ideal cuisine that you can serve during Thanksgiving Day and any family gathering. But, do you know how to smoke a turkey using an electric smoker?

Smoking a turkey involves a lot of preparation in order to achieve perfect flavor and tenderness.

Common preparations for smoking a turkey electric smoker

  • Thawing and cleaning

Just like cooking any kind of meat, it’s always a rule of thumb to buy fresh one instead of cooking a frozen one. In order to clean the turkey thoroughly, take some time to thaw the turkey. It would be a lot easier to remove the intestines and internal organs as well as the neck.

  • Soak in salt water

Soaking the turkey in a brine solution or salt water plays a big role to achieve tenderness of the smoked turkey. You can mix a cup of salt and 4 parts of water for the brine solution. After cleaning the turkey, dip the whole turkey in the solution and leave it there for an hour, but may also depends on the quantity. The brine solution will make the connective tissues to rupture, thus the moisture will seep through.

  • Drying

After soaking the turkey in a brine solution, the next step is to wash it in normal water. Make sure to clean the entire surface and the cavity. Dry it off using a towel and let it stand for about 16 to 24 hours. This is to allow the salt absorb throughout the turkey.

  • Prepare the rub

The next step is preparing a wet rub, a combination of seasonings and ¼ cup of vegetable oil. The seasoning includes 2 teaspoons each of onion powder, kosher salt, garlic powder, paprika, powdered ginger, and white pepper. The paste will enhance the moisture absorption.

Apply the dry rub inside the body while the wet rub on the outside surface. Remove the skin from the flesh before applying the rub on the inner breast. Be careful not to rip off the skin so that the inner flesh won’t be exposed to smoke.

  • Smoking

The final step will be smoking the turkey using an electric smoker. Preheat the smoker grate at 225-250° Fahrenheit. Make sure that the grate is well-greased to avoid sticking of the meat.

Position the turkey upside down and begin smoking. Check the turkey every 30 minutes and apply vegetable oil or butter to maintain the moisture.

The duration of smoking may take about 2 hours, but may also depend on the quantity. Continue smoking until the final internal temperature is 170°Fahrenheit. This is the right time to determine that the smoked turkey is well-grilled inside out.

A well-done smoked turkey should not have bitterness in its taste. Keep in mind that the smoke can easily absorb into the turkey. That’s why it’s recommended to utilize mild wood such as apple or cherry. This will add sweet flavor to the meat.

Stuffed Barbecued Peppers Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 3 red and 3 yellow peppers/ capsicum.

For the stuffing

  • 2 tbsp olive oil.
  • 50g pine nuts.
  • 140g long-grain rice.
  • garlic cloves.
  • 350 g vegetable stock.
  • 1 bunch spring onions.
  • Cherry tomatoes.
  • Mozzarella cheese.
  • Chopped parsley and basil.

Method

Heat the oil in a pan and add pine nuts till they are slightly toasted. Add in the long-grain rice and fry till they are glossy. Stir in the garlic and add vegetable stock to cook the rice. Once the rice is cooked, add in the rest of the stuffing ingredients and let it cool.

To stuff the peppers, just cut them around the stalk. Fill it with the stuffing, but make sure you don’t over-stuff it. Use a kitchen string to tie the capsicum top back on.

You’ll need to go several times around the pepper to secure the filling. Once you are done, you can barbecue your stuffed peppers on the grill. You can wrap them in foil before grilling, if you want to!

Extra TIP: If you don’t have quite enough meat, use more veggies, or add new ingredients to the mix, like black beans or fresh corn.

Gourmet Cheesecake Recipes

gourmet-cheesecake-recipes/If I was asked, I think I would have to say that gourmet cheesecake recipes create the desserts that I am most proud of.

They are delicious, decadent and usually so impressive looking that everyone is sure to rave about them.

Every time we have family get together, I am usually asked to create something from one of the gourmet cheesecake recipes I am most known for. This might be one of the reasons I became so interested in cheesecakes and all of their variations.

One of my sisters-in-law was always intrigued by what I had made but had never been brave enough to try making one herself. Several years ago, she showed up with a delicious cheesecake that she admitted was really not hard to make. I think she is finally a believer!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1 egg

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Beat the sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. Lightly blend in the egg. Add the flour and mix well.

Cover the bottom and sides of a 9 inch spring form pan with the crust mixture and bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow to cool.

Filling:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup caramel sundae sauce
  • 1/4 cupped chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Decrease the oven temperature to 350 degrees. With and electric mixer on medium speed, combine the cream cheese, flour and the 1/3 cup sugar until well blended.

Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition. Blend in the sour cream. Toss the apple pieces in the remaining sugar and cinnamon and then stir into the cream cheese mixture. Pour the mixture over the crust and bake for one hour at 350 degrees.

Run a sharp knife around the edges to loosen the cake but don’t remove the rim until cool.

After the cake is chilled, top with caramel sauce and pecans.

Serves 12

Recipe by: Dev

Fry Chicken with a Deep Fryer

Hands down the best way to eat chicken is fried. The meat is always juicy and tender, the crust golden brown and crispy, the flavor is unbeatable. With recent news broadcasts slamming fried foods for being the main cause of heart disease and obesity, many people gave up eating fried foods. But with the right oil, you don’t have to.

Canola is genetically modified and contains pesticides. Corn oil also contains pesticides. Peanut oil is recommended for deep frying. It is naturally better for you as it is low in saturated fat, and high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats (1).

Peanut oil has been used in Asian countries for centuries, and many Chinese restaurants in America use it. Refined peanut oil comes from raw peanuts and contains no proteins. Peanut proteins are found in cold pressed peanut oil or roasted aromatic peanut oil. The refined peanut oil is recommended for frying.

Preparing chicken for the deep fryer is easy. If you are doing a whole chicken, you may want to brine the chicken four hours or overnight. Brine is simply a water and sugar mixture with a little soy sauce and salt added.

Preparing chicken
Image: Jack Scalfani

This will help to keep the moisture inside of the chicken. Drain the chicken and let it sit for 30 minutes so that it comes to air temperature. This will allow the chicken to cook all the way through.

Everyone has their own recipe for frying chicken, but it is recommended that you never leave off the bread crumbs. Deep frying a chicken coated with breadcrumbs will seal in the moisture and add a mouthwatering flavorful crunch to the outside of the chicken.

It is also recommended that soaking the chicken in buttermilk before breading it will add a unique flavor to the chicken. Use flour before the liquid dip and after, as this allows your egg or buttermilk to stick better, and gives the crust a little extra crunch.

When heating the oil to fry, it must be between 350 degrees and 375 degrees. Although many of the best deep fryers available come with temperature controls, you will want to use a thermometer to track the oil temperature to ensure you have a steady 350 degrees.

The oil should sizzle when putting your chicken into it. Use tongs to turn the chicken for even cooking. Use the thermometer after about 15 minutes to make sure the interior of the chicken is 165 degrees. Over filling the fryer will make the temperature of the oil drop, take more time for it to cook, and make the skin soggy, so be sure you don’t add too much at once.

Fry Chicken
Image: Jack Scalfani

Use a wire rack after removing your chicken as this will allow it to cool, crisp and dry off. If you use a paper towel it creates steam, thus making the skin to become soggy. Allow about ten minutes of cooling off before serving. Remember you just pulled the chicken from oil that was 350 degrees, so eating it immediately will cause you to burn the inside of your mouth.

There are many great recipes out there for frying chicken. Skipping the brine is ok, skipping the buttermilk is fine and skipping the flour is ok too. Make it your own, and enjoy it!

7 Common Mistakes of Fried Chicken

  1. Only Using the Drumsticks
  2. Frying Fridge-Cold Chicken
  3. Going Low-Carb and Skipping the Breading
  4. Skipping the Brine
  5. Using Oil with a Low Smoke point
  6. Eyeballing the Temperature
  7. Letting the Chicken Cool on Paper Towels

Remember according to the New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, cooking oil and grease should be disposed of with your trash.

How To Make Fried Chicken Video by Jack Scalfani

Smoke-a-Turkey

Great Turkey Recipe: Begin With Smoked Turkey

If you’re like most people you really don’t care for turkey even with good turkey-recipes. To most people turkey is so once a year affair on Thanksgiving to have roast turkey. Occasionally if you’re on a health kick you will take to work roast turkey breast.

But I’m going to change all that with one word: smoked-Turkey. I used to be like you someone who would hate to take a turkey sandwich to work. I would smother it in mayo or mustard and just eat it again.

I remember back in the 1990s when I had my 1st taste of a hickory smoked turkey. After the initial shock and pleasure of tasting something great out of something that had been previously plain and tasteless I became a fan of the smoked-Turkey.

If you have never experienced a smoked-Turkey then you will be in for a treat with these turkey-recipes.

Smoking a turkey great turkey-recipes

If you have a vertical smoker then you can smoke a Turkey that will be delicious.

you just have to be prepared to spend a little more time watching the smoker.

Brine the turkey

Prior to cooking the turkey-the day before, you will need to brine the turkey for 12-24 hours.
Brining the turkey is basically a cold marinade that you immerse the turkey in to give it more flavor.

You will need a large ice cooler plastic to throw the ingredients in.

Here is what you need

4gallons water 4 cup kosher salt 4 cup white sugar 4 bags of ice you want to keep the temperature under 40degrees f to prevent any bacteria from growing . you may need to more ice

Get the smoker ready

With the charcoal-smoker place cold charcoal 2/3 of the way up in the charcoal ring.Then add 10 wood chips that were soaked overnight on top of these coals.

Now take the other 1/3 of the coals and get them heated up using your chimney. You then cover the wood chips with these hot coals.

You want to keep the temperature of your smoker around 230 but not over 250 . You will learn to do this the more you use your water-smoker. Make sure the vents below the smoker are open halfway prior to placing the hot coals in the smoker.Also open the top vents a little in the lid to let the smoke out.

Place warm water in the water pan above the coals.Put the racks into the the smoker.

You will take a large aluminum pan to sit on the bottom rack to catch the drippings from the turkey that you will later use as gravy. You can then place the brined turkey in the upper rack.
Close the top and your smoked-turkey is on the way. Figure it’s going to take 20 minutes per pound go turkey to cook the bird and add 15 minutes for every time you open the lid. You got to resist opening that lid!

Check the internal temperature of the turkey every few hours when it hits 170 degrees f in several places then its done.

Make your life easy by using the remote meat thermometer probe that way you will not have to run out as much.

Video how to smoke a turkey Charlotte shows you my points

Here is one of my favorite videos on smoking a turkey. Chef Charlotte is very clear on what to do,she likes adding fruit to the brine but I like what she does alot-and the smoked turkey looks great!