Holiday Weekend NFL Game Day Menu

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Cooked ham laid out on a platter. Photo by Bryan Oakley

The Holiday Weekend ahead has a lot of family time as well as a very busy NFL schedule. The NFL has a game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints scheduled for Christmas afternoon. If you are planning on hosting friends and family for a Holiday Weekend tailgate party on the 25th, we have the perfect menu for you. If you are sheltering in place, this menu works fantastic too. We have our Grilled Ham featured as well as links to several of our side dishes. As a bonus, we have a great Holiday Weekend breakfast recipe for Ham & Cheese Omelets.

Holiday Weekend Menu

The 2020 Holiday Weekend has a different feel to it this year due to the raging pandemic. Many families are not traveling or are limiting their time spent together. Today we are bringing you our Grilled Ham recipe and directions. Ham is a popular menu item this time of year and it also very versatile in leftovers recipes. Follow our steps below to create the most delicious Grilled Ham your family has ever eaten!

Holiday Weekend Grilled Ham

Ingredients & Equipment

  • 1 bone-in ham (butt or shank portion)
  • 1 can of pineapple slices (reserve the juice)
  • Cloves (optional)
  • Mustard (optional)
  • Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • 6 ounces 7-Up or Sprite lemon-lime soda
  • Wood Toothpicks

There are many brands of hams on the market. Two of our favorites are Sugardale and Cook’s hams. Both of these are readily available at grocers everywhere. This year we tried out the world-renowned Honey Baked Ham for our Holiday Weekend menu. You can order online and ship your ham to your home with ease.

Take your ham out of the wrapper. Using a sharp knife, cut ½-inch deep crisscrossing slices across the top of the ham. As optional steps after scoring the meat, squirt some of the mustard and rub it all over the ham. Also optional depending on your taste, take the cloves and place one in each crossing intersection of the slits on top of the ham.

Season the ham with the Lawry’s and pepper. Sprinkle the brown sugar across the top and front of the ham. Take the pineapple slices and secure them to the top and front of the ham with the toothpicks. Drizzle honey across the ham, and add more brown sugar. Pour the reserved pineapple juice into a large cup; add in two tablespoons each of honey and brown sugar. Mix well, then add in the lemon-lime soda. This will make a delicious drizzle for the ham as it cooks.

Grill Time

Grill the ham indirectly using around 20-25 coals on one side of your grill. After your charcoal is ready, place the ham on the opposite side of your grill with the lid vent directly above the ham. The ham should take around 2-2.5 hours to be warmed thoroughly. Every 15-20 minutes, take your reserved liquid and drizzle it over the top and front of the ham. This will help keep the exterior moist and tasty.

Ham on the grill. Photo by Bryan Oakley

Remove the ham from the grill and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes. Carve up the ham into slices and place on a large serving platter. If you have any drizzle left sprinkle it across the platter carefully. Be sure to save and freeze the ham bone so you can make our infamous pot of beans recipe in the future!

Cooked ham laid out on a platter. Photo by Bryan Oakley

If you are grilling the day before your dinner, place the ham slices into a sturdy foil pan and cover with foil. Take any extra drizzle and pour that in with the ham. When you are serving dinner, take the foil pan and place it in your oven an hour before serving time. Set the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit to warm the ham for serving. The ham will retain the incredible grilled flavor and the extra drizzle will steam the ham a bit keeping it moist. Any ham leftovers will be used in our Ham & Cheese Omelet recipe below.

Holiday Weekend Side Dishes

Here are several of our popular side dishes that go great with grilled ham. We’re going to list them below for you to choose from. Just click on the link which will take you to the NFL Game Day Menu recipe and instructions for each of them.

Holiday Weekend Breakfast Bonus

This is an easy breakfast recipe to use up any leftover ham. You can make a regular Ham & Cheese Omelet or the popular Denver Omelet. Either one is delicious and a great way to start the day!

Ingredients

  • leftover ham diced into cubes
  • six to eight eggs beaten
  • salt & pepper
  • diced onion and green pepper (Denver Option)
  • two tablespoons butter
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • two tablespoons olive oil

For this recipe, we listed 6-8 eggs. Your normal omelet contains two eggs and three for those with a heartier appetite. Adjust the eggs to however many omelets you are making.

Drizzle your skillet with the olive oil and turn on the burner to medium. Add in the diced ham and saute until warm. If a Denver is in the works, add in the onion & peppers first and saute them until softened not caramelized. Add in the diced ham near the end so that it gets warm.

When everything is ready in the skillet, add in the butter and allow it to melt. Stir everything together and then add two to three beaten eggs. Shake the skillet from side to side to settle the eggs to the bottom. Season with salt and pepper if desired. As the eggs begin to firm up, take a thin spatula, and lift the sides all the way around so the bottom of the omelet loosens.

When the egg mixture is cooked through, sprinkle the shredded cheese across the top. After the cheese is melted a bit, take your spatula and fold over the omelet in half. Let the omelet cook for three more minutes then flip it over for another three minutes. This will ensure your egg mix is cooked through. Serve your omelet alongside your favorite toasted bread, biscuits, or English muffins, and watch your family smile!

Leftovers make a great omelet. Photo by Bryan Oakley

NFL GameDay Menus 2020

This NFL season has not been easy for those of us who host weekly football viewing parties. No matter how many people you plan on hosting, we will be bringing you delicious menu ideas each week this season. With the COVID-19 pandemic raging again let’s be safe people! Reduce your guest list to a safe number, be sure to maintain social distancing, and use curbside pickup whenever possible!

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