One of Larry’s sisters is a farmer in Kansas. She and her husband raise both cattle and pigs. Awhile ago we went in with some of Larry’s other siblings and bought a quarter pig. Part of what we received was a couple of very large hams. We decided to take one out of the freezer and cook it up. Because this particular ham is so big, I am coming up with a lot of different recipes for it, so we can enjoy it many different ways. This ham was about 15 lbs, and since it is just for the two of us, we will be eating it for quite awhile, although certainly not all at once. While researching recipes through my library of cookbooks, I came across a whole bunch of new ideas that I am excited to try out. I am always looking for something new and creative. One of the recipes I found was for a Moroccan flavored ham steak. I know this seems a bit strange, since Moroccans do not eat pork. However, they are known for a wide variety of spices. It was all the spices that made the ham a Moroccan style ham. I cut off a large ham steak, about 2 lbs, for this meal, which will still end up being a couple of different meals as well. The rest of the ham I roasted then refroze it again after it was cooked, for more delicious meals to come. I served the Moroccan spiced ham with scalloped potatoes and my vegetable salad along with s cool, crisp chardonnay. What a Difference a Day Makes
You can use this recipe for a whole ham or for a ham steak. For the whole ham, roast it in the oven until the whole ham is cooked through. Since I was just using a portion of it, I grilled it instead. For those of you who do not eat pork, you could use these same spices for chicken, either a whole roasted chicken or chicken pieces, and it will taste great too.
Moroccan Spiced Ham
1 ham steak, about 2 lbs in size
2 tsp coriander
2 tsp ginger
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dry roasted garlic
1/4 tsp allspice
1 TBSP orange extract
Mix all ingredients together to make a paste then rub it over the ham. Let it set for at least 30 minutes before cooking. You can cook it however you like, but it came out very tasty and very moist when grilled.
Once the ham is ready, throw it on the grill for about 20-25 minutes per side, or until it is completely cooked through.
When the ham is done, serve it up with your favorite side dishes and enjoy. We certainly did. It was delicious!