Recipes: Ham offers tasty New Year’s dish |

Recipes: Ham offers tasty New Year’s dish

by Ada Roelke, food writer

Ham is often the entree of choice for New Year’s. Beautifully glazed and decorated, it makes an impressive showing. Here are a couple of recipes which will complement a ham.

– Mustard Ring

Our friend Evelyn Peddicord of Minden says this is a favorite accompaniment for baked ham in her family. This unusual ring mold sounds very tempting to me and will be served with my next ham dinner.

3/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup apple vinegar

4 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup cold water

1 envelope (1 tablespoon) plain gelatin

2 tablespoons water

1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Stir together sugar, salt and mustard. Add vinegar, 1/4 cup water and beaten eggs. Beat 2 minutes. In a saucepan, soak gelatin with 2 tablespoons water for several minutes. Add egg mixture and cook, stirring, until thick. Cool until almost set. Blend in whipped cream, turn into a ring mold and chill until set.

When ready to serve, unmold on a serving dish and fill the center with cole slaw.

– Creamed Baby Onions

This recipe also will go very well with an entree of ham. Unless you have time to peel and very carefully boil small onions, the canned ones work very well.

2 cans white small onions

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons flour

2 cups milk, or part half and half

salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan cheese

Drain onions and set aside. Melt butter carefully in a medium saucepan. Take from heat and blend in flour until smooth. Slowly add milk, stirring over medium heat and cook until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste, fold in onions and place in a casserole. Top with a generous amount of cheese and bake at 325 degrees about 25 to 30 minutes.

– Sweet Spiced Mixed Nuts

A nice accompaniment to munch before the big meal, these nuts store well if kept tightly covered. Spices can be varied to your tastes.

3 cups lightly salted mixed nuts

1 tablespoon orange juice

1 tablespoon orange zest

1 egg white

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

Place nuts in a large bowl. In a small bowl, beat egg white and orange juice until foamy. Add zest, sugar and spices. Mix well, pour over nuts and spread on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 275 degrees, stirring every 10 minutes, for 45 to 50 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned. Cool and store air tight.

– Need a recipe? Have a cooking question? E-mail or write Ada Roelke, The Record-Courier, 1503 Highway 395 “G,” Gardnerville 89410.