samedi 22 décembre 2012

Juicy Ham Stuffed With Cranberries

Today we are going to brighten this day with a nice dish: ham stuffed with cranberries and served with garnish from vegetables and fruits and salad mix.  We hope some readers of ER will try to make it.

We are going to need:
- ham (whole boneless pork buttock).
- garlic, carrots, a large handful of fresh cranberries.
- for garnish – Cuban potatoes, pears, apples, a pineapple, cauliflower, carrots, onions, cranberries, grain mustard, sugar, egg yolk.
- for marinade – cloves, ginger, pepper, dried thyme, basil and rosemary, several hot peppers and bay leaves, honey, salt, soy sauce and sherry.
- for salad mix – fresh lettuce Lola Ross, spinach, sorrel, a bit of mint, parsley and dill, roasted pumpkin seeds and oil from Carapelli fruits and cereals.
First the ham is to be marinated. So cooking starts a day before serving.
We pour water into the pot, add spices – cloves, ginger, pepper, dried thyme, rosemary, basil, bay leaves, a little of honey to bring this all to a boil. Besides, we add salt too.
We should let it boil for five minutes. Then we add soy sauce and sherry. The marinade is to be cooled and then poured over the ham. Now it is ready to be put into the fridge for one night.
The next day we take the ham out from the marinade and let it dry for some time. Then we peel the carrots and garlic and prepare cranberries. If garlic cloves are too big, cut them into halves. The carrots are to be cut into long strips.
We poke the meat with a narrow knife and place garlic and some cranberries into each slit, and plug them with pieces of the carrots in the end.
Then we clean the Cuban potatoes and cut them into four parts along the tubers. The peeled onions are to be cut into quarters too and put on the pan with their slits up. We need to add salt and pepper and some vegetable oil drawn in herbs.
Then we put the stuffed ham on the top.
Now we should bake this at the temperature of 180C (356F).
While the ham is being baked we start cooking the sauce. We mix one egg yolk, one tablespoon of sugar and two tablespoons of grain mustard.
The first stage of baking lasts for 40 minutes. The meat should not get dry. So repeatedly pour it with the juice that appears on the pan.
Now the ham is prepared for the second stage of baking. We grease it with the grain mustard and put the apples, pears, pineapple cut into quarters and cauliflowers from all sides. The fruits are to be put on the potatoes and onions which will absorb their sweet juice. Then the pan is to be put into the oven for 30-40 minutes more.
Meanwhile we make salad mix which is going to be served with the meat. The Lola Ross lettuce, spinach, sorrel are put into the big bowl. We also add some dill, parsley and mint leaves separated from the stems.
We sprinkle lightly roasted pumpkin seeds and oil from fruits and cereals over it and then gently stir the mix. The salad should be lush.
We can already feel the wonderful aroma.
Now we put the salad on the plate with the meat.
The meat is cut into slices.
The baked vegetables and fruits are to be added too.
We hope you are hungry now!

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