Success with the salty ham!
You remember we had some overly salty ham here at zero waste towers?
Well I made it into a meal that Little Miss Green loved!
Not only that but it took just ten minutes to prepare and allowed me to use up some milk would probably have been off for tomorrow morning’s coffee as well as a tiny block of strong cheese that was a bit dry around the edges.
And I didn’t even have to soak the ham first; which is what I was thinking I might have to do to reduce the saltiness.
I did a bit of googling and found that you could soak it in water, but some people advocated something sweet such as coca cola or Sprite to counteract the saltiness. The other option was to cook it into a soup with a potato which would supposedly draw out the salt.
Surely it would draw the salt into the potato or the stock which would then result in, erm, salty soup?
Anyway, I was able to bypass all that palaver with my macaroni cheese special.
Mrs Green’s ‘macaroni’ cheese recipe:
Ingredients (serves one tween)
50gms pasta shells (I couldn’t find any macaroni)
1 1/2 tbsp soft butter
1 tbsp corn flour
1/4 pint milk
25 gms strong cheese, grated
1 slice ham
Put the pasta on to boil and make the cheese sauce:
melt the butter over a gentle heat and stir in the cornflour
Gradually add the milk, stirring all the time, bring to the boil and simmer for a minute
Add the grated cheese and stir until melted
Add the chopped ham
Mix the drained pasta into the cheese sauce and serve.
Serve with garlic bread and salad or add chopped peppers and sweetcorn to the ham and cheese sauce.
Now this was strikingly similar to a suggestion for a meal that came in last night from Susan – hi Susan!
Susan suggested making a potato/ham/cheese casserole. She tells us she cuts up and cooks potatoes in microwave cooking until they’re tender but not mushy. Then she dumps in greased casserole dish. Cut up ham and sprinkle on top. Make a white sauce without using salt and pour over the top. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar. Bake at 375 until cheese and white sauce bubble.
That sounds yummy and just the sort of meal Little Miss Green would be delighted to eat.
Today I think I’ll make pizza to use up that last pesky slice of ham!
How are you getting on this week – any foods you’re not sure how to use up?