Christmas is quickly approaching and while I won’t be having ham this year, because I just finished a very good spiral cut ham, I do want to share with you two very different sauces I made for the ham. The first one is a mustard sauce that my family has been making as long as I can remember. It is so easy to make and tastes great with leftovers or on sandwiches.
Mustard Sauce is great with ham and also on sandwiches.
The second is a recipe I found in an old cookbook named “how I cook” by Virginia McDonald that I bought at a second hand book store while on a trip to visit my daughter in Kansas. The book was published in 1949 and has very intriguing recipes with amazing ingredients that are pretty contemporary. The book’s introduction was written by Duncan Hines (and that isn’t the cake mix!) The recipe for Banana Horseradish Sauce just sounded too weird not to try…so I made the recipe as printed in the book. I found the sauce to be too bland so I added more horseradish to it. The result is a very subtle horseradish sauce with sweetness from the banana. A very unusual combination.
This cookbook is from 1949. Duncan Hines wrote the introduction.
I think the sauce would be a better combination with a roasted chicken or in a chicken salad. It wasn’t that the sauce didn’t go with the ham, it’s just I am so spoiled by my family’s mustard sauce that I’m not sure I can find another sauce that would be as good of a substitute.
Here's the original recipe for the Banana Horseradish Sauce
So if you are having a holiday ham please try the recipes and let me know what you think and how you like them. I’ve got several variations on the mustard sauce recipe that I’ll post at the next ham eating holiday…Easter!
I hope you all have a great holiday…Christmas, Kwanzaa, or whatever holiday you are celebrating. If you are wondering what my family will be eating for Christmas dinner…we’ll be having a Southwestern/Mexican dinner with chile verde, enchiladas, maybe some tamales, flan, and local beer . We’ll be celebrating the holiday with very dear friends.
Ham dinner with mustard sauce, steamed broccoli and home made mac and cheese. Yum!