Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham

Holy smokes. How is Easter this weekend? I knew it was going to sneak up with me and BAM! It’s this Sunday. I’m slowly adjusting to parenthood… slowly. This whole no sleep thing is something that I’ve dreaded for years–I love my sleep. I like to say that we waited so long to have a baby because I loved my sleep so much. I sleep at almost every nap, and I’m super grateful I’ve had friends to blog for me while I get use to this little human being. I can say that the days do seem to blend in although I do keep track of each day and document the little thing he is doing, so I guess that’s why I feel like Easter snuck up on me.

Let’s talk about ham. You guys know I love to make my ham in the slow cooker; Brown Sugar Honey Glazed Ham and Slow Cooker Ham with Apple Sauce. I contribute to Food Fanatic monthly and when they asked me if I would create another slow cooker ham recipe I jumped right at it. I created this recipe during my 9th month of pregnancy. So as you could imagine all cooking was taking longer than normal, which meant I was using my trusty slow cooker more and more.

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham

This recipe for Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham calls for 5 ingredients! That’s it! Of course the main star is the ham, but followed by that is the maple syrup. I used an entire 8 ounce bottle of maple syrup. Don’t be afraid to skimp–maple syrup can be expensive but totally worth it!

For this recipe, I used my KitchenAid Slow Cooker. It is perfect for entertaining because of the easy serve lid. Each side lifts and locks which is convenient for one-handed serving. Of course, little tricky when you have a whole ham in the slow cooker. After I slice the ham I like to put it back in the juices and then the side lids help with easy-entertaining and serving. You can cut up your ham before your guest arrive and let your ham sit in the juices a little while longer. No need to find a place to put the lid!

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham
We are spending Easter Sunday at my in-laws but that Saturday evening my parents are coming over to have an Easter dinner with us. I told my mom to not buy the expensive store bought ham–I’ll throw the ham in the slow cooker. She told me not to go to any trouble, but I insisted that it’s not trouble at all. I told her we will have a simple meal this Easter Sunday Eve, Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham, Sour Cream Chive Mashed Potatoes, steamed green beans, and rolls. Trust me, the sweetness of the ham pairs beautifully with my sour cream and chive mashed potatoes!

So if you’re entertaining this Easter Sunday (or for any holiday) and was planning on baking your ham. Stop the madness now and throw it into your slow cooker. You will thank me later, I promise!

I created this recipe for Food Fanatic. Make sure you head over to read all about my Crock Pot Ham Recipe.

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Sausage Gravy

Learn how to make sausage gravy in minutes! from KatiesCucina.comYesterday, was my husbands 30th Birthday. I didn’t make him a sweet dessert or a fancy dinner this year. Instead, I woke up a little after he woke up at 5:45 am, packed his lunch, made his coffee, and made him a hot breakfast! He didn’t see me wake up–he was already out the door walking the dog, so when he got in he was beyond surprised. You see, before I was pregnant I was up with him every morning. Packing his lunch, making his breakfast, and coffee. And then I developed the craziest exhaustion I’ve ever experienced in my life with a healthy bought of morning sickness (which was really all day sickness) and the days of me getting up with him soon turned to Jon getting ready in the morning without me. He would also make me smoothies every morning, so that I had something to sip on before I even stepped foot out of bed. I know… he’s a keeper. Thankfully the morning sickness is long gone but the exhaustion still plagues me daily. So I “sleep-in” on work days and depending on if I’m working at home or have to go in the office will depend if I get to sleep until 6:30 or 7:30 am. So the fact that I got up to get him ready for work was a gift in itself to him. We splurged on a fancy dinner since this is the last Birthday we will share that we won’t need a baby sitter. I’m taking full advantage of this not needing a baby sitter thing while I can.

Sausage Gravy recipe from KatiesCucina.com

If their is one thing my husband, Jon, loves it’s breakfast. I’m pretty sure I’ve made that statement on here before. He LOVES breakfast and looks forward to having a sit-down breakfast every weekend (as well as sleeping in because who likes to get up at 5:30am, daily?). The other week after skimming the pages of my instagram feed I saw that my friend Jenna was having breakfast for dinner. I instantly knew I wanted to make breakfast for dinner. Forget the leftover chicken. Eggs and hash-browns and sausage patties were in my imminent future. I called Jon on his way home from work and asked him to stop for apple juice and sausage patties. I declared we were having breakfast for dinner. We had breakfast for dinner that night, and only used half of the ground sausage patties. I knew that we would use the rest of it over the weekend.

Fast forward 4 days later…

I woke up early that Sunday morning and knew I had a can of biscuits in the fridge and remembered that I had the half package of ground sausage to use up. I decided I would make Jon’s favorite breakfast food, sausage gravy and biscuits! I had all the ingredients on hand and knew he would be thrilled to wake up to smelling biscuits bake in the oven and sausage gravy simmer on the stove top.  We ended up inviting our neighbor over for an impromptu breakfast that morning thanks to the heating element breaking on our dryer. I was hoping she would be ok with biscuits and sausage gravy. Not everyone loves them. I will be the first to admit — it’s not my thing. I solely make this recipe for my husband. I paired the biscuits and sausage gravy with sunny side up eggs, home fries, baked bacon and a fruit salad. Everyone was in love with breakfast, and bellies were full by 9am. My neighbor proclaimed that she was beyond impressed that I’m still cooking breakfast being so pregnant.  We have to eat, and well I love breakfast too. It’s something that both Jon and I look forward to every weekend. She was shocked that we eat like this every weekend. Their is no such thing as cereal for breakfast in our house. I can whip up a hot breakfast in 15 minutes or less if need be. This one (because I photographed part of breakfast) was completed from start to finish in 30 minutes.

Katie Original Recipe

Sausage Gravy

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Sausage Gravy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb ground breakfast sausage
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 tbsp white onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • fresh minced parsley for garnish

Directions

  1. In a small sauce pan, add minced onion and breakfast sausage and begin crumbling sausage. Cook for 5-10 minutes until sausage is cooked through.
  2. Once the sausage is cooked through add butter and melt. Then sprinkle flour over sausage, mix well, sprinkle salt and black pepper on top and pour in the milk. Stir milk until the mixture is thick (about 5 minutes).
  3. Remove the sausage gravy from the heat, add a little fresh minced parsley to the gravy, stir, and then pour on top of biscuits. Top with additional minced parsley for garnish. Enjoy.

Notes

If you happen to have leftover sausage gravy feel free to freeze it in a freezer baggie. To cook frozen gravy, thaw one day before, reheat in sauce pan and add more milk if necessary.

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Bacon Popcorn

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cost Plus World Market.

Movie night popcorn with a twist -- 5 ingredient Bacon Popcorn from KatiesCucina.com @WorldMarket #MovieLoversSweeps #Popcorn #Recipe

Raise your hands if you like to watch movies at home? Raise your hands if you HAVE-TO-HAVE popcorn while watching a movie! For those who can’t see me at my computer, both hands are way up (well not really since I’m typing), but you get my point. We try to watch a few movies at home each month and have an in-home date night complete with popcorn! Because let’s face it. You can’t watch a movie without eating popcorn!!! Or at least I can’t.

I know what you are thinking. Another bacon recipe. Sorry, not sorry? I feel like I’m craving bacon ten times more than before I was pregnant, and since I’m officially 9 months today (how the heck did that happen), I figure I’m aloud to post tons of bacon recipes for my fellow non-pregnant readers. Why not?

Last month, I was contacted by my favorite people over at World Market to create a recipe for Movie Night. I instantly knew I wanted to make a popcorn recipe. Sadly, I have very few popcorn recipes on Katie’s Cucina and I definitely want to change that. While browsing the food and drink aisles of World Market I stumbled across BACON SALT. Without hesitation I picked it up.

Bacon Salt for the best Bacon Popcorn from KatiesCucina.com

Bacon salt? I love the slogan on the packaging “Everything should taste like Bacon“. Best of all its low sodium, all natural, vegetarian, and kosher! I too was shocked at the vegetarian claim, but it really is. Note, omit the bacon bits on my recipe to make this a vegetarian version. It has a strong smokey taste to it and has very little salt to the seasoning. Think of a smoky seasoning more than salty. In my popcorn recipe you’ll notice I added sea salt to my recipe because I felt it needed some real salt. Making popcorn at home is really easy and way more cost effective than the bagged variety. Throughout the years, I’ve done some research and have figured out what gives homemade popcorn that movie theater taste, and believe it or not its coconut oil! It might seem odd, but coconut oil gives that buttery flavor without all the butter. In fact this recipe has no butter at all–just loads of bacon goodness.


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Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches

How do you transform leftover ham? Make ham salad of course. Last month, I shared my recipe for Slow Cooker Ham with Apple Sauce and today I’m sharing how to use up some of that leftover ham by making Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches! I partnered up with Pork Be Inspired to create a few holiday recipes, and this was one of them. I was asked to take a classic family recipe and transform it into something new aged. The first thing that came to mind was my grandmother’s ham salad sandwiches. Every time my mom makes a ham you better believe she is making ham salad with some of the leftovers and slow cooker split pea soup with the remaining.
Tropical Ham Salad SandwichesI figured I would make our families ham salad recipe and make it tropical! Everyone in my family who indulges in this salad year after year welcomed the change. Although I’ll be the first to admit that my mom was a bit skeptical. But after the first bite she was in love with the new twist! Sweet and savory and packed full of flavor!

Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches

Have you downloaded the National Pork Board’s first-ever “Cooking For Comfort” eCookbook? What are you waiting for? It’s free and packed full of delicious recipes! Stop back by next week and I’ll be giving away a few hard copies of the Cooking For Comfort eCookbook!

Katie Original Recipe

Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4

Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups diced ham
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp canned crushed pineapple
  • 2 tbsp macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tsp diced red bell pepper
  • 4 Hawaiian-style hamburger buns, split
  • 4 sliced pineapple, fresh or canned
  • 4 lettuce leaves

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the ham and mayonnaise and pulse to blend, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Add the crushed pineapple, nuts, parsley and bell pepper and pulse to blend, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Set aside.
  2. Arrange the lettuce on the bun bottoms. Top with the sliced pineapple, ham mixture and bun tops and serve.
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Slow Cooker Ham with Apple Sauce from KatiesCucina.com

The holidays are right around the corner. I feel like I blinked and here it is November. Where has this year gone? And I know now that we are about to have a kid everyone says time really flies. I partnered up with Pork Be Inspired to create a few holiday recipes. Y’all know I love making my ham in a slow cooker. This recipe is what I like to call a two-for one. We love to eat our ham with apple sauce, and I created a recipe where you make homemade apple sauce right in the slow cooker with the ham itself!

Genius.

I know.

 Pork Be Inspired Comfort For Cooking eBook

Whether or not there’s a chill in the air (Florida has a little cold streak going on–woohoo!), those all-too-familiar cravings for a little taste of comfort have returned… and the National Pork Board has just the thing to help people across the country get cozy: its first-ever “Cooking For Comfort” eCookbook.

Featuring time-honored favorites and new twists on classics from James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein, BBQ expert and author Ray Lampe and 10 leading food bloggers, the free cookbook highlights some of the tastiest ways to warm up with pork.

Perfect for any occasion that calls for a heart-warming meal and full of delicious ideas that highlight pork, “Cooking for Comfort” includes:

  • Two recipes from Chef Michelle Bernstein, including Chorizo and Cheese Empanadas with Avocado Crema. Bernstein, who learned how to make empanadas from her mother at the early age of 8, made them her own by adding homemade chorizo.
  • A modern pork twist on a classic favorite with Ray Lampe’s Pork Noodle Soup.
  • A selection of comforting favorites from the National Pork Board infused with modern twists, like BBQ Pork Mac n’ Cheese

So, how would you like a free eBook with over 20+ delicious pork recipes? Yes, my recipe along with other bloggers and chef recipes are in the Cooking for Comfort eBook! The first 15,000 to download the eBook will receive $1 off any pork product!

Katie Original Recipe

Slow Cooker Ham with Apple Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 8

Slow Cooker Ham with Apple Sauce

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4.5 lbs Semi-boneless half smoked ham
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 gala apple, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 tbsp raisins
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 10 whole cloves

Directions

  1. In a bowl combine ¼ cup brown sugar and ½ tsp ground cinnamon. Mix well and set to the side.
  2. Peel and dice granny smith apples. Place diced apples in a bowl with 1-1/2 tablespoons raisins and mix well with 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar/ cinnamon mixture. Peel the gala apple, using a hand-held mandolin slicer cut 10 slices on the thickest setting (about ¼ inch thick). Put the thinly sliced gala apples to the side. With the remaining gala apple, dice it and place it in the bowl with the rest of the diced apples.
  3. Place a slow cooker liner in a 6.5 quart slow cooker. Place the ham flat side down in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon and sugar mixture on top of the ham. Press it into the ham.
  4. Add diced apples to the sides of the slow cooker. Then pour apple juice in the slow cooker (not on top of ham). Carefully add thinly sliced gala apples (evenly spaced) to the top of the ham and secure them with 1 whole clove each.
  5. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 5 hours on low (or 8 hours on low). Once cooked, remove ham from slow cooker and thinly slice. Mix apples together, strain juice and place in a bowl. Serve together immediately.
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delicious 2 ingredient apple butter pork chops from katiescucina.com

Today, I’m sharing a super easy recipes. As in 2 ingredient recipe for Apple Butter Pork Chops! Well, technically if you count the sliced green onions as garnish as an ingredient we are up to 3 ingredients. This all stemmed from the other week when I made homemade apple butter. I was thinking of different ways to use up my new “butter” when it occurred to me that it would probably taste stellar on pork chops. Better than any apple sauce you could put on them. So I took a half cup of apple butter and marinated 3 pork chops for 2 days.

On a side note, I am known to stretch out meat as far as possible. Instead of cooking an entire pack of meat, I typically cut it in half and it still yields enough for dinner and sometimes even lunch! If its just two of you–give it a try! You’ll be surprised how far your money can be stretched without making your stomach feel it.

delicious 2 ingredient apple butter pork chops from katiescucina.com

As I suspected, the results were stellar. The pork chops were tender and juicy and full of sweet apple butter flavor. They aren’t the prettiest pork chops around, but they are darn tasty! As I moved into my second trimester I was able to start stomaching meat a little more, and pork has been one thing we have been eating a lot of lately. Of course it helps if its smothered in apple butter! If you don’t have the time to make your own apple butter, don’t fear. Their are great brands available at your local grocery store. Don’t feel bad if you can’t make the homemade variety. If your looking for a quick and easy meal try my Apple Butter Pork Chops. They are sure to not disappoint come dinner time! delicious 2 ingredient apple butter pork chops from katiescucina.com

Katie Original Recipe

Apple Butter Pork Chops

Prep Time: 24 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 24 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 3

Apple Butter Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 3 bone-in thin-cut pork chops
  • 1/2 cup apple butter + more for serving
  • green onions for garnish

Directions

  1. In a zip-top bag, marinate pork chops in 1/2 cup of apple butter for 1-2 days in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove pork chops from refrigerator and place on a baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven, serve immediately, and garnish with sliced green onion and additional apple butter if desired.
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Pulled Pork Nachos from KatiesCucina.com

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend (for those in the United States). I know I did–I unplugged for 3 nights and 4 days. Let me just tell you–it does a body good to unplug every now and then. My husband and I went up to Northwest Florida to go scalloping. Although, the scallops forgot to show up to our party. Yep, not one scallop to be found.  It is late in the season and with an abundance of rain–they have been washed out to sea. So instead we had a relaxing and lounging weekend on the boat hanging out at the sand bar with our friends! We also ate lots of food. What do you do when you have tons of leftovers? Make pulled pork nachos! Duh!

Pulled Pork Nachos from KatiesCucina.com

These nachos are the ultimate way to use up all your leftovers in the refrigerator. Plus you’ll have a super simple meal in no time and everyone will not even recognize that this was dinner just the other day! At least that is what happened in my home. This happened to be a tasty lunch for us earlier this summer after I had made my slow cooker pulled pork recipe. I just started grabbing all sorts of leftover and concocted the most delicious tasting nachos ever. Whether you eat these for dinner, an afternoon snack or maybe even lunch–whatever the meal it be your going to love using up your leftovers to make the most delicious tasting pulled pork nachos, ever. I can guarantee that!


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Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce from KatiesCucina.com

Their is nothing quite like a hearty bolognese sauce on top of pasta. I might be a picky-meat-eater, but there is one thing I love, it’s bolognese sauce. My mom was never one to make meat sauce growing up. I think it was partly because I was so anti-meat at a young age. I wish I could tell you a story about how this recipe was passed down from my grandparents who immigrated from Italy, but its not. As I got older I started experimenting and figuring out what worked and what didn’t work in a bolognese sauce. I tried countless recipes and finally found one that I really enjoy.

Bolognese Sauce from KatiesCucina.com

What I can tell you is that I’ve learned to make a big batch of sauce. I serve half the sauce up that evening with dinner and then freeze the rest for a rainy day. The sauce freezes beautifully and you can put it in the refrigerator the day before you want to serve it to thaw it and then reheat on the stove top!  I love this sauce best with my homemade spaghetti recipe, although any pasta works fine.

Bolognese Sauce from KatiesCucina.com

Whether you just top your spaghetti with bolognese sauce or use this recipe for a hearty lasagna–either way your meat-loving heart will be content. This is a great recipe to entertain with. Make the sauce early in the day and just let it simmer on the stove—let the saucy aroma fill your home.

Slightly adapted from Go Bold With Butter

Bolognese Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 75 minutes

Yield: 10

Bolognese Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1lb. ground pork
  • 1lb. lean ground beef
  • (2) 28oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
  • (1) 12oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • salt & pepper
  • fresh parsley, basil, and parmesan cheese for garnish

Directions

  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil and butter. Then add onion and carrot and cook until onion is translucent about 3 minutes. Then add the garlic ground beef and ground pork to the pot. Cook on medium heat, breaking up the meat for 10 minutes or until the ground beef and pork are no longer pink.
  2. Once the meat is cooked add in the crushed tomatoes, can of tomato paste, dried parsley, sugar, red pepper flakes, whole milk, and salt and pepper to taste (I like to add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper at a time). Mix well, place heat to medium-low, and let the sauce simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the sauce has thickened pour it over pasta and garnish with fresh parsley, basil, and parmesan cheese.
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from KatiesCucina.com

Ahhhh pulled pork. The ideal summer-time meal. Juicy bbq sauce smothered all over shredded pulled pork on a thick deli bun. Doesn’t get any better than that my friends. And the best part is that its cooked in the slow cooker! So you are left to play and have fun with family and friends all day long while the Boston Butt cooks for hours.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from KatiesCucina.com

The day I made the slow cooker pulled pork I served it with my Orzo Antipasto Salad. And of course, me being the good neighbor that I am I had my neighbor (and friend) over for dinner. We also dined on juicy grilled corn on the cob. Another one of my favorite summertime treats.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from KatiesCucina.com

Head on over to Food Fanatic to get the recipe for: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork: Tempting, Tasty, One-Pot Goodness 


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Grilled Greek Pork Tenderloin from KatiesCucina.com #grilling #recipe

Can you believe the first day of Summer is this Friday? To kick off summer early I’ve paired up with some of my favorite blogging friends to host another progressive dinner party. This time it’s all about summertime entertaining.  Last virtual progressive dinner party, I brought mini crab cakes w/ cilantro lime sauce that were out of this world amazing! This time around, I’m finally sharing my coveted recipe for Grilled Greek Pork Tenderloin.

Grilled Greek Pork Tenderloin from KatiesCucina.com #grilling #recipe

I started grilling my pork tenderloins about two years ago. I can honestly say that I’ve made this dozens of times over the past few years. It’s one of my go-to grilling recipes whenever I’m entertaining. Or if I’m in a pinch and have no clue what to make for dinner… this is what I make! I pair it with my favorite summertime Greek salad (which I’ll share with you tomorrow) and my feta and herb mashed potatoes. Even those who don’t typically like pork–LOVE this recipe. That’s why I think it’s ideal to bring to my summertime progressive dinner party!


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