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So I am a ham person. I’ll take ham over turkey any holiday. Or any weekday. So when I picked up this big, delicious thing at Walmart I think I got overexcited… essentially I ended up building an entire holiday meal around it, which is a little over-the-top for my little family of…two.
Luckily we had a dinner get-together with two other families that night and got to share our spoils. It ended up being quite a smorgasbord, with the foods about as diverse as the guests. Think Thai curry, pad Thai, potatoes au gratin, homemade egg rolls, and my ham, among other things. Haha it was quite a varied and unexpected layout, but ham goes well with just about everything. This one is Hormel’s Cure 81 bone-in Cherrywood smoked ham; so so good especially with the glaze it comes with.
I also created a new kind of side dish for my holiday ham that no one at the get-together had ever heard of before, so they were all interested in trying it: potato croquettes. They’re essentially potato mixtures that are breaded and deep-fried. I love eating croquettes in Japanese bentos, but for this recipe I went with more traditional American holiday flavors so that they would make a good mashed potato alternative. They also would be great for using up leftover mashed potatoes and ham, nom.
Are you a ham person too? Do you have a favorite non-traditional side? Find lots more side and leftover ham ideas here.
Makes about 12
- 1 lb. russet potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and quartered
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- oil for frying
- For ham variation: 1/4 cup Hormel Cure 81 bone-in ham, finely chopped