Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sweet Potato and Ham Dinner


"It takes no talent to make a ham." These are the wise words of my grandmother who was indeed an outstanding and talented cook. The context of this is a little murky, but I can't really make ham without hearing these words in my head. Ham is a pretty foolproof thing to make in general. Think about it; have you ever really had a terrible ham? Even a bad ham sandwich? Probably not. 

Fortunately, even if you do have some cooking talent ham is still  delicious. I typically love the sauces that go with this porky pleaser more than the meat itself. This slow cooker dish is no exception. The cinnamon, sugar and delicious sweet potatoes add something really special to the ham to make it a terrific dinner. 

Wanting a hot dinner and having a hot kitchen is a problem I face pretty regularly. The slow cooker really helps out with that and gives food great cooked all day flavor. Not to mention your dinner is ready when you get home from work. I see no bad side to this at all. 

Ingredients

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, and chopped into bite sized cubes
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
2 tablespoons of butter, diced into small bits
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar
1 ham steak, trimmed


 Combine all the ingredients except for the ham steak and stir well to combine. Then add in the ham steak. I like to put about half of the sweet potato mixture under the ham and about half on top of it. That way it absorbs all the delicious flavors.




Cook this on low for 4 to 6 hours or high for 2 hours. This dish is just fool proof! As long as your sweet potatoes are cooked through, a delicious dinner is ready for you.

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