Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steaks | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steak

Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steaks | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Are you recovered from the holidays yet? I could stay home forever if they let me. I’m pretty awesome at never running out of stuff to do. There are a lot of movies to watch, people. So so many recipes to be tested. And of course, a lot of naps to be taken. 

Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steaks | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m not ready to let go of the holidays, and I’m definitely not ready to let go of holiday flavors. It’s crazy to make a whole ham on a Wednesday, but a ham or gammon steak is about as simple as it gets. You can scale back any ham recipe to work as a glaze on a gammon steak, and it’s extra awesome because the whole thing gets glazed, not just the outside.

This Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steak is dripping with ginger, orange, and clove in a sticky syrup. It’s all done in about 10 minutes, and it’s truly heavenly. 

Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steaks | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Don’t let go of that holiday feeling, kids. Keep the love, and the ham alive. Make Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steaks for dinner. Life is so good.

Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steaks
Serves 2
Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steaks are a perfect week night option to keep those holiday flavors going throughout the year.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 gammon or ham steaks
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  4. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon hot English mustard
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  7. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  8. 1/4 cup ginger ale
Instructions
  1. Heat your olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook your gammon steaks approximately 3 minutes per side or until it turns light pink with hints of golden brown.
  2. While your gammon is cooking, mix the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl. Don't worry if the marmalade is still chunky. It will melt in the pan.
  3. When your gammon is cooked through, remove it to a plate and dispose of any fat and liquid that remains in the pan.
  4. Put the pan back on the heat and add the glaze mixture. You can crank up the heat a bit to get the mixture bubbling. Allow it to bubble until it gets sticky, then add the gammon back into the pan. Give it a minute on each side. Plate your gammon steaks and pour over any remaining glaze.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
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Twice Baked Potatoes from Awesome on 20

Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes from Awesome on 20

Cheap. Easy. Fast. Three words I wouldn’t want to use to describe my daughter. Three words I love when discussing food. Summer is here, and it’s freakin’ hot in my house. I want to spend my money on mai tais sipped by the sea, and I want to spend my time outside in the shade rather than my un-air conditioned kitchen. Alas, a girl’s still gotta eat. So inconvenient.

These twice baked potatoes were seriously awesome. I kind of wanted to eat them all myself. I bought potatoes, sour cream, and chives from the store, and the rest of the ingredients were basically a fridge raid situation. I love potatoes because they’re an amazing blank canvas. You can add whatever you like. Salsa, veggies, bacon, kimchee, whatever you’re into. A potato will make it awesome.

Twice Baked Potatoes from Awesome on 20

If you cook the potatoes in the microwave the first time around, then you really only have to use your oven for about 10 minutes. It saves so much time. Who wants to have their oven on, baking a potato for forty five minutes, in the middle of the summer? That’s pure lunacy.

Once the potatoes are cooked and then cool enough to not set your fingers on fire, all you have to do is scoop out the guts, mix in the good stuff, don’t skimp on the cayenne, then throw them under the broiler for melty, crispy action. Then stuff your face. That’s what life’s for.

Twice Baked Potatoes from Awesome on 20

Don’t make your life complicated. It’s too hot for that nonsense. Use up leftovers from your fridge, mix it with a fat fluffy potato, and just be happy.

Twice Baked Potatoes
Serves 2
Cheap, fast, easy, and delicious, twice baked potatoes are infinitely customizable.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 medium russet potatoes
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 slices cooked bacon
  5. 4 slices thin cut deli ham
  6. 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  7. 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  8. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Scrub your potatoes and pat them dry. Poke the potatoes several times with a fork. Rub the potatoes with olive oil and salt and place on a microwave safe dish. Cook on high in the microwave for 5 minutes. Flip the potatoes over and cook for another 5 minutes. Pierce the potatoes with a sharp knife to check if they're soft all the way through. If not, cook them another minute or two at a time until cooked through.
  2. Allow the potatoes to cool slightly, then slice them in half lengthwise. If you're anything like me, you'll need to leave the room all together for about five minutes to avoid burning your fingers.
  3. Turn on your broiler to preheat.
  4. Use a spoon to carefully scoop out the soft flesh of the potato without destroying the structural integrity of the potato skin. Put your potato guts into a small mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients. You can hold back a bit of the cheese to be scattered on top at the end if you like. Stir everything together and then carefully scoop the mixture back into your four potato skin shells.
  5. Carefully transfer your filled potatoes to a foil lined baking sheet. Cook potatoes under the broiler for about 10 minutes or until melty and ever so lightly browned.
  6. Eat and be happy.
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Cuban Burgers from Awesome on 20

Cuban Burgers

Cuban Burgers from Awesome on 20

You guys! It’s National Burger Day! This is like the best day ever. I’m betting a bunch of you made standard burgers and dogs for your Memorial Day cookouts. If you used prefab frozen burger patties, I just don’t want to hear about it. I’m sure it was wonderful. But now that you’ve gotten the usual stuff out of your system, you can start going crazy with your burger love to get you through the summer.

Cuban Burgers from Awesome on 20

Today I made you Cuban Burgers inspired by the Cuban sandwich that I hear is so popular in Miami. I left the pickles off of mine because Geoff and I both hate them, but if you want to keep this more in line with tradition, you should pile them on. Do what you must.

This recipe starts with your favorite burger, then gets layered with thin slices of ham and Swiss cheese (and pickles if you must). The whole thing goes into a ciabatta roll slathered with mayo, mustard, and a dash of cayenne. Then the fun begins. Just like the sandwich, these burgers get squished. The whole thing gets wrapped in foil, then it’s back into the pan with a cast-iron skillet or a brick to add weight. When you unwrap it, it’s all smashed to gooey perfection.

Cuban Burgers from Awesome on 20

Here in Honolulu, it rained the entire long weekend, but we still have plenty of grilling days ahead of us. Here’s to Burger Day, my friends. Live it up!

Cuban Burgers
Serves 4
A juicy burger layered with ham and Swiss, then smashed to gooey perfection.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef, seasoned to your liking and divided into four burger patties
  2. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  3. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  5. 4 ciabatta rolls, split
  6. 8 slices thin deli ham
  7. 4 slices Swiss cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook your burgers in your favorite way and just shy of the normal level of doneness you'd like. These are going back on the heat, so you don't want them overcooked. I cooked mine in a skillet because it was raining, but do what you want.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the mayo, mustard and cayenne. Spread this mixture onto each of your rolls.
  3. Place a burger on the bottom half of your roll, add two slices of ham and a slice of cheese, then add the top of the roll. Tightly wrap each burger in foil.
  4. Place the foil-wrapped burgers back over your heat source over medium low heat. (Mine got a bit too "crispy" on the bottom, so make sure you're heat's not too high). Place a heavy object such as a cast-iron skillet or a brick on top of your burgers to smash them down. Cook under the weight for about 3 minutes per side.
  5. Unwrap and feed to all your hungry friends. Maybe have some mojitos on hand.
Adapted from Circle of Friends Cookbook 25 Burger Recipes
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Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches from Awesome on 20

Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches from Awesome on 20

I sometimes hate to admit to liking girly things. You’ll never see me wearing pink or reading a gossip magazine. I don’t know the names of the Kardashians or any of the Real Housewives. I’m not particularly into sparkles or bows or romantic comedies.

I want to be seen as strong. I want to be taken seriously. It probably makes me a bad feminist, but I just can’t handle pink.

But I do love to sing and dance, and I’ll never turn down a cupcake. And I’m a sucker for tiny cute things. Fluffy things. Particularly kittens and baby bears. I can’t resist. I could die of cuteness.

Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches from Awesome on 20

A tiny sandwich is a good thing, too. Especially when it’s made with Hawaiian rolls, honey ham, gooey Swiss cheese, and spicy mayo. This is probably the easiest way in the world to make twelve hot sandwiches. None of this assembly line nonsense. Just slice the whole tray of rolls in half, build your sandwiches, pop the lid back on, and throw the whole thing in the oven. Then you can cut them when they come out of the oven. Boom, 12 tiny sandwiches perfect for a party.

Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches from Awesome on 20

Maybe I need to learn to embrace my feminine side. Maybe I need to stop watching so many Quentin Tarantino movies and see something starring Katherine Heigl. Okay, that probably won’t happen, but I will eat more than my share of these mini ham and cheese sandwiches. Oh, and dudes love them, too. What’s not to love?

Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Serves 12
Twelve tasty, tiny ham and cheese sandwiches with spicy mayo will satisfy your masculine and feminine sides.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package of a dozen Hawaiian rolls
  2. 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  3. 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  5. 8 slices honey ham
  6. 6 slices Swiss cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a 13x9 baking pan with foil.
  2. Remove your rolls from the package, but don't separate them. Using a long, serrated knife, slice all the way through your rolls. Remove the top half all in one piece. Put the bottom half in the baking pan, and turn the top half inside up on the cutting board.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together mayo, mustard, and cayenne pepper. Spread this mixture onto both sides of your rolls. Be sure to spread all the way to the edges.
  4. Layer ham, then cheese onto the bottom half of your rolls, then place the top half of your rolls back on top of your sandwich.
  5. Cover the pan with foil and put it in the oven for about 20 minutes. You want everything to be warm and melty. The bread will be slightly browned and crisp on the top and bottom and squishy in the middle. Cut your sandwiches into twelve, and stuff your face in a most ungirly fashion.
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Ham and Potato Soup from Awesome on 20

Ham and Potato Soup

Ham and Potato Soup from Awesome on 20

So the holidays are over, everybody’s gone home, and this weekend I found myself staring into a fridge that still had a bunch of leftovers in it. What’s a girl with three slices of spiral ham and half a bag of Yukon Gold potatoes to do? Why, make soup, of course.

Ham and Potato Soup from Awesome on 20

I cannot let a ham go through my house without making soup. That ham is expensive, even when you get a small one, and you better believe I’m going to eat every last delicious bite. Soup is an excellent way to use up things that are lying about, and a great way to keep warm. This one is even on the healthier side since I used skim milk and fat free half and half. Actually, I’m not even sure I understand the concept of fat free half and half, but there it was on the shelf. There’s also a big chunk of butter, but since I also put carrots in there, I think they cancel each other out.

The point is, ham and potato soup is delicious and hearty. Paired with a couple of slices of crusty bread, a big steamy bowl is perfect for dinner, especially since you can bring the whole thing together in about half an hour.

Ham and Potato Soup from Awesome on 20

I’m so happy to be back in my kitchen and behind the camera again. People think I’m crazy. I think I’m happy. That’s good enough for me. Plus, I have soup. Wanna come over?

Ham and Potato Soup
Serves 6
A chunky, creamy soup filled with ham, potatoes, carrots, and yum.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 Yukon Gold Potatoes, chopped into one inch cubes
  2. 1/2 small white onion, diced
  3. 1 medium carrot, diced
  4. 2 cups chopped ham (I used leftover spiral slices)
  5. 3-1/2 cups chicken stock
  6. Salt and pepper, to taste (I like a lot of pepper)
  7. 5 tablespoons butter
  8. 1/3 cup flour
  9. 1 cup milk
  10. 1 cup half and half
  11. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  12. cheddar cheese and green onions for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add vegetables and ham to chicken stock in a medium pot. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes. Season to taste.
  2. In the meantime, melt butter over medium low heat in a small sauce pan. Add flour and whisk to combine. Allow this mixture to cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Slowly whisk in milk and half and half, then add garlic powder. Allow this mixture to come to a boil then reduce to a simmer until it thickens.
  4. Once the potatoes are soft, add the milk mixture to the pot and stir to combine. Check for seasoning, and let this all cook together for a couple more minutes.
  5. Top with cheddar cheese and green onions, and serve with crusty bread. Good luck not burning your mouth. It's hard to resist.
Adapted from I Heart Nap Time
Adapted from I Heart Nap Time
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