Hormel Recipes and Dexter Season 5

Friday, December 10, 2010
Since this Sunday is the finale of our favorite series Dexter Season 5, I just had to make this be our special get together with the family and make an event dinner for this occasion! Die-hard fans (no pun intended) from Florida as the series is done in Miami, we are always making new menu's weekly for our get family and friends get together. Hormel and Foodbuzz was perfect timing for us..As we are faithful lovers of Dexter and Hormel Foods... Both of my sons cook and often use their Turkey pepperoni to make calzones and top homemade pizzas with. Ham and pineapple their favorite topping on pizza! So many endless possibilities, so we love any leftovers!

Getting ready for the last episode on Sunday, we decided to have a great dinner before the last night and watch some of the DVR's previous week episodes in anticipation for the finale night. Even though the Season 5 series is ending on December 12th, we will still have our weekly family get together dinners on Sunday night. We will just have to watch something else till the new season begins next year and make lots of new recipes using Hormel ham, bacon, and pepperoni!

Thanks, Hormel for this awesome Ham! Cheers! We all really enjoyed it!

Glaze Recipe for Hormel Ham Recipe:

1 (6 to 8 pound) Hormel Cure 81 Spiral Sliced Half Ham

2 cups water, divided

1 cup loosely packed brown sugar

4 teaspoons cornstarch 

1 can of chunk pineapple drained reserving juice to make one more cup by adding water

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place ham in a shallow roasting pan. In a large saucepan, combine glaze packet with 2 cups of water. Add brown sugar and heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Meanwhile, combine remaining water and juice with cornstarch. Add to brown sugar mixture and continue to simmer until mixture begins to thicken slightly. Pour half of the glaze over the ham. Bake for 1 hour; basting every 10-15 minutes. If the pan seems to be getting too dry, simply add a small amount of pineapple juice or water to the pan. After 1 hour shut off the oven off and let ham stand in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove ham from pan and let rest. Remove all excess drippings from the pan and add to the leftover glaze. Reheat glaze and serve with the ham.

Of course, you can also use any leftover ham in quiche, or use in breakfast sandwiches, ham cheese ball ( see below)  or even ham and pineapple topping for pizza! Turkey pepperoni is also wonderful by itself or with cheese and crackers for a quick snack. Hope you enjoy the many products Hormel makes, again many thanks to them for letting me host this party with their amazing foods! Thank you and Happy New Year!

Ham and Cheese Ball

1 cup leftover ground  up the ham in food processor
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
16 oz shredded cheddar
garlic powder to taste around 1/2 teaspoon
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
ground pecans

Mix all ingredients and chill. After one hour remove this from the freezer. Pour onto a piece wax paper, roll into ground pecans. Serve with crackers.


  1. So much goodie!! And how I love Dexter!

  2. It's great to be a Food Buzz publisher! That ham looks wonderful Claudia. And those potatoes, yummy! I received my stuff yesterday, just in time for Thursday night football.

    Have a great week ♥

  3. Oh yum, it all looks so good! Glad you were chosen as the taste-tester! I've never seen Dexter, but I've heard great things about it.

  4. I think Dexter would approve of that menu. I love how in the credits he's cutting up food, just like he cuts up people, hahahaha :) PS you know it's not actually shot in Miami right? One of the many wonders of television! haha

  5. beautiful spiral ham, my area grocer did not have that in stock back when I did the Hormel party, only the cured smaller one in your first pic.... great great use of the other products too... love 'em all...

  6. That ham looks fabulous! What fun for you, Claudia. I hope you had a grand time devising the menu - I know it's a busy season for you!

  7. you made great use of all those wonderful products from Hormel!! We haven't seen any of this seasons Dexter, my DVR had a malfunction and we lost the first 2 episodes so we decided to wait to see it all in order...we can't wait!

  8. That is quite the spread! The spiral ham looks incredible. Dexter is one of our favorite shows...we are totally hooked!

  9. The perks of being a foodbuzz food blogger! It's the best. Everything looks excellent! I'll have to put this series on my Netflix list!

  10. That ham looks AMAZING!!!


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