We're not doing anything special around here for St. Patty's Day today. Grace and I are both sick with spring colds. So, it's a pajama day for the both of us. Not even green pjs since we don't have any of those!
I didn't want today to pass without some sort of St. Patrick's Day themed post, so here's a recipe that I shared on my other blog last year. I was planning to make this today, but I think I'll be getting some homemade soup out of the freezer for dinner tonight instead.
I'm not a huge fan of the traditional boiled ham and cabbage St. Patrick's Day dinner. I also don't like Corned Beef and Cabbage. Honestly, I am Irish! :)
When I eat ham, I tend to only enjoy it if it's a spiral cut ham from either Heavenly Ham or Honey Baked Ham. Or if it's in the form of deli meat. Even then, I'm picky about it.
I will, however, eat ham steak. And I do enjoy that! MMmmm!
In the past, Joe and I never really did anything to "celebrate" St. Patrick's Day. Well, besides wearing a green shirt to avoid pinching!
Now that we have Grace, I want to celebrate all the special occasions in little ways. You know, heart-shaped pancakes on Valentine's Day and stuff like that.
Grace is still too young to even realize that it's a special occasion and she's just starting on table food, so this year was "practice". We were out yesterday during dinner, so I put off making our St. Patty's Day dinner until tonight. I really enjoyed it and think it will be a keeper. Not only for St. Patty's Day but as another way to serve ham steak throughout the year.
Ham and Cabbage Skillet
- 3Tbs. Butter
- 3 potatoes, scrubbed and diced
- 2 cups onion, chopped
- 2 cups carrots, chopped
- 4 cups cabbage, chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- Mrs. Dash, paprika, black pepper (to taste)
- 1 lb. ham steak, diced
- Boil potatoes in a pot of water until tender, drain.
- In a skillet cook onions and carrots in melted butter just until onions start to look translucent.
- Add cabbage and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Stir in water. This will help cook the cabbage as well as deglaze the pan.
- Season to your liking. Be sure to mix well.
- Add diced ham and heat through.
- Mix in the cooked potatoes. (You may want to add another Tbs. of butter at this point)
- Cook for a few minutes longer and serve.
- If you happen to make a traditional boiled ham dinner, this would be a great way to serve the leftovers. Just drain the liquid and add to a hot skillet with melted butter. Saute until slightly browned.