Our ham roast was a big fella, well over 12 lbs, and with our small family we only made a tiny discernible dent in the quantity of meat on that bone! It looks like it’s going to be a left-over week for us. Monotony is my enemy, however, so it’s going to be a fun challenge to keep the creativity ham juices flowing and come up with a new take every day.
Day one of left-overs was simple, quick, and uncomplicated. A warm ham sandwich on a couple slices of the rosemary bread I had on hand. Remembering the ham was basted in a maple apricot Dijon glaze, I wanted to highlight the peppery aspect of the flavor combo. So I slathered on a bit more country Dijon to the slices of bread to mirror what was already there, topped with watercress that also carries a peppery undertone, and then to slice through it all and counter-balance the sangwich (we like to give a nod to our Italian friends from Montreal and call it a sangwich around our house) a few generous slices of brie were placed right on top of the pan seared ham. A little bit of slow melting action was soon to ensue.
Every one has a preference of course, and my husband does not like his ham cold from the fridge, so I gave it a quick sear on both sides in a frying pan. After the masterpiece was completed, he also informed me that he’s not a fan of brie. Excuse me?! I’m telling you right now if he weren’t such a good man…. so I forgave him this one sin. I pushed the first sammich aside (sammich also gets used around here when imitating our 5 year old, our sandwiches wear many hats) so I could eat it later. **Being unable to eat gluten, I deconstructed it and ate it more as a watercress salad.
My husband’s ended up being more traditional, just the way he likes it, with cheddar cheese and regular mustard. That’s why I love him, he’s a big strong man on the outside but still a little bit of an innocent boy on the inside. He raved on and on all day and let me know if I wanted to take it easy at dinner I could just recreate another one of these for him.
I’ll have to consider that offer.