LET’S DISH LET’S TALK ABOUT…THE WORLD’S BEST HAM!
Over 40 years ago, Harry J. Hoenselaar began a special tradition when he opened his first “The HoneyBaked Ham” company store in Michigan. He’d select the finest quality bone-in ham, cure it in his secret marinade, and then for tenderness, he’d smoke the ham for hours over a unique blend of hardwood chips.
The crowning touch was Harry’s crunchy sweet glaze that crackled with good taste. He even found a way to slice the ham into perfectly even slices. He invented and patented a unique machine that slices a ham in a single, continuous spiral. The rest is history.
Every store of HoneyBaked Ham still prepares the same way Harry did…one ham at a time. Whether it’s fully prepared, spiral-sliced HoneyBaked Ham or gently roasted, sweetly glazed turkey breast, you can be sure it will always be perfect.
A family-owned business, the HoneyBaked Ham store located on Route 35 in Middletown/Red Bank in the Union Square Shopping Center has been serving the community with the finest quality hams on the market for over 15 years.
The HoneyBaked Ham is not only known for its savory meats, but also its hearty side dishes and delectable desserts. Packages can be ordered and sent directly to the home or office of corporate clients or relatives. The store also offers catering with hot food or sandwich platters — and let us not forget their great individual boxed lunches, which would go perfectly with a fresh, homemade soup!
The Middletown store has become quite famous for providing “the alternative to flowers,” a bereavement gift to share with loved ones. Store owner Keith Visone says, “Flowers are quite expensive and don’t last very long, but sending a loved one food during a time of need not only lasts, but provides comfort for the entire family to enjoy.”
Speaking of comfort food, check out the HoneyBaked Ham recipe for “Ham and Turkey Pot Pies” – what an awesome way to use your Thanksgiving leftovers!
Don’t let this holiday pass by without putting a HoneyBaked Ham on your table…the world’s BEST ham! For more information on the Middletown store, or to place an order, call (732) 842-1115.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
HAM & TURKEY POT PIES
In a Dutch oven, bring to boil and simmer:
3 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
1 small celery root, trimmed and diced in ½ inch chunks
or 5 ribs of celery plus tops sliced
3 new potatoes diced
Cook 7 minutes and add:
2 carrots diced
Simmer until tender (about 10 minutes). Drain, reserving broth for another use. Set aside vegetables for later.
In a heavy saucepan, sauté:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup chopped onion
5 tablespoons all purpose flour
Stir 2 minutes until bubbly and gradually add:
1 cup reserved broth
1 ½ cups milk (do not use nonfat or low-fat)
Cook, stirring about 4 minutes until sauce thickens. Season with salt & pepper and add:
1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
1 cup sliced HoneyBaked Ham
1 cup diced HoneyBaked Turkey Breast
Reserved celery root, potato, and carrot
(Frozen peas may also be added.)
Heat until bubbly.
Divide mixture into 6 individual casseroles and top each with:
A refrigerator biscuit (from a package of 6) that has been cut into quarters and placed on top in a flower shape (kitchen shears work well)
In a preheated oven at 450°F. place pies on large baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until biscuits are lightly browned.