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Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham
Did you know you could cook a ham in the slow
cooker? Yes, it’s true, and I promise you, it will come
out so juicy and tender you will never cook your holi-
day ham any other way.
The key to cooking ham in the slow cooker is using
a semi-boneless smoked half ham. Make sure it’s a
whole ham and not a pre-sliced spiral cut ham. Trust
me, if you use a pre-sliced ham it will be dried out and
inedible, and that’s the last thing you want. The whole
ham, which can be found at your local Publix, is the
ticket when using the slow cooker. It doesn’t dry out,
and it absorbs the flavors of the maple syrup, brown
sugar, ground cinnamon and cloves.
This recipe for Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham
calls for 5 ingredients! That’s it! Of course, the main
star is the ham, followed by the maple syrup. I used
an entire 8-ounce bottle of maple syrup. Don’t skimp
on the amount of syrup. Maple syrup can be expen-
sive but totally worth the flavor. And after all, it’s not
like you will be making this recipe every week, it’s for
a special occasion.
Make sure you shop at one of the many farmer’s
markets in Lake Nona to grab fresh, locally sourced
produce to compliment the ham. A few side-dish
ideas: roasted carrots, sautéed green beans, Brussels
sprouts or even a kale salad would taste delicious
with the ham.
If you’re entertaining this Easter (or for any holi-
day) and are planning on baking your ham, stop the
madness now and throw the ham into your slow
cooker. You will thank me later, I promise!
Sweet Potato Loaded Irish Fries
Who says you have to go to a pub to indulge in pub
food? You can enjoy pub food at home. Get ready for
St. Patrick’s Day by making these sweet potato load-
ed Irish fries. Loaded fries make for a perfect after-
school snack, before-dinner appetizer, or maybe just
a quick weekend lunch.
My sweet potato loaded Irish fries are especially
delicious around St. Patrick’s Day when the world re-
volves around corned beef for one day out of the year.
I love corned beef, and I love a good loaded fry recipe.
So when I merged the two together, it turned out to be
a perfect foodie match!
You can use leftover corned beef from your St. Pat-
rick’s Day dinner or stop by your local Publix deli and
pick up 2 to 3 thick slices of corned beef (that’s what
I used for this recipe). I also used fresh crinkle cut
sweet potato fries. They can be found in the produce
section; however, frozen sweet potato fries will work
too—just follow the cooking instructions on the pack-
age if you go with the frozen variety.
If you’re looking for something to do on St. Pat-
rick’s Day, head on over to Nona Tap Room (9145 Nar-
coossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832) for Irish drink and
food specials all day long.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
6 1/2 pound ham, semi-boneless and smoked
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves
8 ounces pure maple syrup
1. Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Place
the semi-boneless smoked half ham flat side down
in a 6-quart slow cooker.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar,
cinnamon, and ground clove. Pat the mixture on
top of the ham until you’ve used it all. Then pour 8
ounces of maple syrup on top. Place the lid on the
slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low
for 8 hours.
3. Remove the ham from the slow cooker and slice
with a carving knife. Ladle juice from ham into a
bowl and serve alongside the ham. Enjoy imme-
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
22 oz. bag of fresh crinkle cut sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup diced corned beef (about 2 deli slices)
1/2 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
2 tablespoon green onions, thinly sliced
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat
crinkle-cut sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and
pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for
15-20 minutes (turning halfway) or until soft to
2. Remove the fries from the oven, place in a skillet
or gather onto the same baking sheet. Sprinkle
cheddar cheese on top followed by diced corned
beef and green onions.
3. Place the baking sheet/skillet back in the oven and
broil for 3-5 minutes until cheese has melted and
corned beef begins to crisp. Enjoy immediately.
Note: If using frozen sweet potato fries cook according
to packaging and do not coat the fries with olive oil.
KATIE JASIEWICZ, KATIESCUCINA.COM
25 MARCH 2016
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