Ham Steaks with Russian Red Eye Gravy and Cranberry Almond Pilaf

Recipes in this PostHam Steak with Russian Red Eye Gravy and Cranberry Almond Rice Pilaf

Sometimes, you need a little Christmas, right this very minute. That’s why we love ham steaks, because you satisfy your craving for a good piece of ham, without having to cook a whole ham. If you’re lucky, you even get to have the bone with the luscious marrow.

When I make a whole ham, I usually make a glaze of Russian mustard and Sour Cherry preserves. It’s sweet and a little hot, and definitely wakes up the ham. One of the traditional gravies for ham steak is Red Eye gravy, which has, you guessed it, coffee in it. I wanted to incorporate both.

Since The Good Plate is all about deconstructing packaged foods, and one everyone likes a lot is Rice-a-Roni. Rice-a-Roni is rice pilaf, but with way too much salt and other preservatives. There’s no need to use the box, just get the ingredients together and make it from scratch – you know what’s going in it, and you can add whatever you want.

Over the weekend, I made a salad with a new dressing. It was fresh dill and lime, and Amber absolutely loved it. She asked for it again tonight, so I’m including the recipe for it here.

Remember, if you’re having a ham steak, and you don’t want your bone, just give it to me!

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Pirate Party Appetizers

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Fruit Boats

Here, for your pleasure and review are pictures of some of the food served at Spane’s eighth birthday party. There will be pictures of the actual Birthday Boy soon.

Pirate's Balls with Sauce


These Caribbean meatballs were quite the hit. Spane asked me to make them again. Recipe for Caribbean Pirate Meat Balls

Fruit Boats

These just looked so lovely. My original intent was just to have the banana slice and orange quarter, and Douglas came back from the store with these lovely red grapes. They made the dish!

Recipe: Fruit Boats

Ingredients

  • 4 oranges
  • 2 Bananas
  • 12 grapes
  • Toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Cut the oranges into quarters. Make twelve banana slices, each about 1/2 inch thick. Put a toothpick into the top of each orange quarter. Put a banana slice, and top with a grape. Serve on a nice, festive plate.

Quick notes

Red grapes look best.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegan

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Skull Cheese Ball

This cheese ball was very simple to make. It’s a good way to get rid of little bits of cheese, nuts and dried fruit you might have laying about.

Pirate Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 1 package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 lb Gorgonzola
  • 2 tablespoons Shredded Parmesan 1
  • 2 tablespoons Shaved Parmesan 1
  • Dried cranberries
  • Walnuts
  • Black Sesame Seeds
  • Pringles 2

Instructions

  1. Reserve 2 walnuts to make the skulls teeth.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine the cheeses, cranberries and remaining walnuts. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Cheeses in the mixer

  4. Put strips of wax paper on a nice serving dish to keep the dish clean. You will be removing it after decorating the skull.
  5. Shape the cheese ball into a skull, making impressions for the eyes and mouth.
  6. Pour black sesame seeds carefully into the eye sockets. Use the remaining walnuts for teeth.
  7. Remove the wax paper. Stick toothpicks about a quarter of the way into the cheese and cover with plastic wrap.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then remove the toothpicks and put Pringles around the skull to look like waves.

Quick notes

This is a great way to use up bits of cheese in your refrigerator.

Variations

2Plain Pringles look like waves when placed around the skull. They are optional. The chips are not sturdy enough to be used for the cheese, but are there for decoration only.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Rum (Cannon) Ball

These were a take off on the Oreo Rum Balls I made, only these used white creme cookies, and had spice flavorings. Here is the recipe.

Cucumber Boats

This is probably my favorite. In all the time I was thinking to myself, what could I stuff those cucumbers with, and then I thought egg salad would be good. As I removed the egg yolks from the whites, I realized that the whites would make proper sails, and the black olives were the Jolly Rogers.

Jolly Roger of Rack Rachham

I have a whole post about making this cake. It was really fun and everyone loved it!

Cucumber Boats

Cucumber Boats

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I made these for Spane’s eighth birthday party, a pirate theme. I’m not much for egg whites, and this is a unique way to enjoy deviled eggs. The ground sumac really gives this appetizer the zip it needs.

These little boats are so delicious and festive looking that they could be the star of any holiday party. They are very easy to make, and would be wonderful to use up the colored eggs at Easter time. Children like them as a snack.

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