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What Kind of Gravy to Have with Ham

Hi ladies. I have a silly question. I am doing ham for easter dinner. With mashed potatos & gravy, veggies, ect.. Well Im not to sure what kind of gravy to make with ham. When ever I have made a ham I also made a turkey so I would use the drippings from the turkey for the gravy. But no turkey this year. I would love to hear what you all think works best. Because well Im just not to sure.

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Wow you all had wonderful ideas. I like so many of them I think I will try all of them one night at a time. My Family is a meat and potato kind of family so this is going to be great. Plus put a little excitement back into dinner. Thank you all soooo much I am so glad I found this site.

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Ham gravy!!! Yum! Just use the ham drippings. Do not add salt or bullion, though, it has plenty of salt and flavor. Yum!

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I like to make honey mustard sauce for the ham and just make separate gravy for the potatoes.

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Not silly at all!
Have you ever tried a cream-based gravy? The easiest way is to buy cream of mushroom soup, but you can also make it at home. Melt 1 Tb butter in a saucepan. Take it off the heat and mix in 1 Tb flour until it is really smooth. Slowly stir in 1/2 cup milk, making sure it stays smooth. Put it back on medium heat and stir until it comes to a boil (yes, it can start to feel tedious but avoid the urge to turn it up to high - it's easy to scorch it). Once it starts to boil, stir in flavorings and remove from heat. You can use grated cheese, a bit of juice from the ham, some mushrooms & juie, or whatever else. (You could also and any flavoring to a store bought cream of mushroom soup)
If you are feeding more than a few people, make a bigger recipe. I would say 1 Tb butter for every 2-3 people. (Then multiply accordingly for other ingredients).

It's also a great way to use up leftover ham - cream gravy with grated cheese and cubed ham over rice has been a family favorite!

Bon apetit!

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Ham gravy!!! Yum! Just use the ham drippings. Do not add salt or bullion, though, it has plenty of salt and flavor. Yum!

Personally, I wouldn't do gravy.. Easter always seems to lend it self to lighter fare -- salads and such. Try a glaze and reserve some for putting over the slices. I've done cranberry glazes.. there are a lot of options. I hope this is helpful as I realize it doesn't really answer your question.

I recommend serving cheesy potatoes instead of mashed potatoes. I was faced with the same problem of gravy and what kind, then decided that cheesy potatoes would be a bigger hit. Here is a recipe if you're interested.

1 (32 oz) pkg. frozen hash brown potatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup (or whatever flavor you like)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup grated cheese (I like a med or sharp cheddar)
Mix together.
1/2 cup chopped green onion
Mix together. Put into 9"x13" pan.
TOP with: 3/4 cup crushed corn flakes
DRIZZLE: 1/4 cup melted butter over corn flakes
Bake 325 degrees for 1 hour.

You can do so many things with potatoes that don't require gravy and most are delicious. My favorite, especially with ham, is garlic smashed potatoes. You can look online for tons of recipes. I like putting a little milk in my potatoes, and then for the butter cook some garlic in it (on low heat, you just want the garlic to get soft) and add that into the mix. Then you can add parsely or what ever else you feel sounds good to you. There are SOOO many recipes. I would just suggest that you look at a few and see what you like. Then, just glaze the ham. YUM! good luck!

P.S. I also like funeral potatoes... sour cream, c of chicken soup, cheese, onions, hash browns, etc. if you want the recipe, let me know! good luck!

You can make a really yummy gravy from ham drippings. If there isn't a ton of drippings from it add a little bacon drippings to the bottum of the pan during baking time (I know....super fatty, but what gravy isn't?), and then just prepare it like you would turkey or beef gravy....just don't add any salt! If you feel like you need a back up, you can always buy the packets of the pork flavored gravy.
Good Luck!

I am cooking my first ham for easter this year. My mom has an AWESOME recipe for a Pineapple Relish that uses crushed pineapple and its really sweet but tangy and goes AMAZING with the ham. I would post it but she hasn't emailed me with it yet, so if you would like to get the recipe feel free to send me a message and I'll get it to you when she gets it to me!

As for potatos, I am nixing the gravy all together by making rosemary red potatos. Just cutting up the potatos, coating lightly with olive oil, and sprinkling with herbs and salt, then baking until soft and golden.

Hope that helps! Let me know if you want that Pineapple Relish recipe!

I did a ham last year and made a kind of glaze for over it. It was just some brownsugar, cloves and mustard, and I think a little water. I had pre-sliced ham and rubbed the glaze between the pieces of ham then lined my crockpot with foil and cooked it that way. I used the rest of my glaze for after it was done to top it. It was good.

I don't have a good gravy idea, but I like to do au gratin potatoes with ham. I also do mashed potatoes with butter, sour cream, salt and a little milk, then put them in a casserole and top with cheese and chives and bake till the cheese is melted. Kinda like a twice baked potato without the skin. I think there are some other mashed potato recipes that don't need gravy, I would personally go with something like that.
Good luck!

do a country gravy. that would be yummy. ummmmm.

My mom used to make an amazing glaze with the ham drippings, orange juice and brown sugar. It was really good and the only reason I ate the ham : D We always made this after the meat was down, but I suppose the mixture (minus the drippings) could be pour over the ham before it was cooked too and then drained off to be mixed with the drippings.

Ham (you can use pre-cooked or bone-in)
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup prepared orange juice
1/4 - 1/2 tsp Ground cloves
cornstarch (for thickening gravy)
cold water (for thickening gravy)

Mix the brown sugar, graound cloves and orange juice over low heat.Cook the ham until it is done. Drain off all broth (glaze juice) and pour into the saucepan. Over low heat, thicken the broth with cornstarch and cold water until gravy consistency.

You can make gravy with ham drippings too, just the way you would with turkey drippings. personally, it's my favorite kind of gravy to make. Just make sure you don't season it with any salt--it will already be quite salty due to the ham! Good luck!

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