Thursday, January 19, 2012

Baked Ham with Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potatoes

We get this really wonderful tasting hams from our local co-op.  The hams (which are applewood smoked and uncured) are from Niman Ranch.  They are great and you can do anything with them, tonight was no exception.

Take the 1 can of sliced pineapple added a couple of slices of pineapple to the bottom of a baking dish, add the remainder of pineapple on top and around the ham.  Add all of the juice and place the dish into the oven.  Cover the dish with foil and place it in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 1-1/2 hours.

For the sweet potatoes:  peel, cut them into cubes, place them into a pot of water and bring water to a boil.  Cook until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.  While the potatoes are cooking in another small pan add 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1/8 of a cup of maple syrup and about 1/8 to 1/4 of cayenne pepper (use more or less depending on your taste), heat the cream (do not let it boil).  Drain potatoes, add back to hot pan (this will remove any excess water).  Add potatoes to a bowl.  Smash the potatoes with a potato masher and add a little bit of the cream mixture.  I used a small handheld mixer to mix my potatoes once they were smashed.  Continue to add cream until you reach the consistency you want.

The meal was served with cooked frozen spinach.

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