Today is the last day of August – we are moving into September and Fall – can you believe it? Wasn’t August 1st yesterday! But Labor Day is coming – and it’s a great day to grill out!
Labor Day is in a few days and while our COOK Club cookbook this month was aimed towards quick and easy school night recipes, I wanted to share one I thought would work for a Labor Day cookout but it isn’t the same ole hamburgers and hot dogs meal. This cookbook, Southern Living “Busy Moms Weeknight Favorites,” provides meals for grill, stove, oven and more!
Now, listen – I have NOTHING against a good ranchburger grilled to perfection – or juicy hot dogs hot off the grill. But, sometimes, I have a craving for something DIFFERENT. And this recipe serves up an easy and delicious recipe ready in minutes.
We tried this recipe a few years ago when I had found some ham slices on sale. It turned out to be a favorite of everyone, and we have used it many times since.
GRILLED HAM AND APPLES
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup orange marmalade
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 4 medium apples
- 2 (or more, depending on number of folks you are feeding) 1/2 inch thick ham slices
While your grill is heating up, combine marmalade, butter and ginger in 1 cup glass measuring cup. Microwave 30 seconds to 1 minutes or until mutter and marmalade are melted. Stir ingredients to combine.
Cut apples into 1/2 inch thick rings. Place apple rings and ham slices on grill and cover with grill lid. You will want to grill these around 15 to 20 minutes over the heat, but check on them often, turn and basting frequently with the marmalade mixture. And check the apples – if they are getting TOO grilled for you, take them off the grill if the ham is not ready yet.
When the ham is grilled to your taste, remove, cut into pieces, and serve with the apples. I have used macaroni and cheese, home fries, and corn on the cob with this (and have usually made the corn on the grill too). I’ve even used the foil packet potatoes and onions on the grill, for a complete meal on the grill – simple, easy and YUMMY!
To make corn on the grill, you can either leave in the shucks or wrap in foil. To grill in the shucks, carefully pull the shucks down so you can silk the corn. Once silked, and any bad spots cut out, put the shucks back up, and soak the corn in water for about 30 minutes (this helps the shucks to not burn while grilling). After 30 minutes, remove corn from water and let drain for a few minutes. You can add a few pats of butter in the shucks or salt and pepper. Put corn in the grill, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, turning cobs every 5 minutes to avoid burning. When kernels are tender (pierce with a knife to check), corn is ready!
Like I said, this is one of my favorite out of the ordinary grill meals! Simple and easy to prepare – and is ready in about 20 minutes. And – if you put corn, packet potatoes and onions and the ham grill – BOOM – an entire meal ready to go! Add my easy biscuits – and your meal is fit for a king!
I always like to hear if you’ve tried a recipe. Let me know below if you tried it and how you liked it. Did you do anything different? I want to know that too!
Don’t forget to check out my other recipes from this cookbook – Sloppy Joe Squares, or Shepherd’s Pie or even Superfast Salisbury Steak. All the recipes from this month’s cookbook are under the COOK Club tab at the top of the page – check them out! They are all delicious, fast and easy to make on busy weeknights!
Until next time,