Monday, December 11, 2017

Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts and Ham

Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts and Ham

Cubes of butternut squash tossed with shredded Brussels sprouts roasted together with leftover ham. Serve this as a colorful side dish, or on top of a grain for a main dish.

a plate of roasted butternut squash, brussels sprouts, and ham atop a bed of cous cous

A little leftover ham goes a long way to adding flavor in a variety of recipes, so when the Ohio Pork Council hired me to share a recipe using leftover ham, the cogs in my brain were spinning with inspiration to play in the kitchen.

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photo of a plate of roasted brussels sprouts with butternut squash and ham cubes on cous cous

Finding new ways to repurpose leftovers and keep our family meals interesting is one of my jams.
[Speaking of jam, if you make or are given a jar of Tomato Jam, there's nothing better on a simple leftover ham sandwich--or make it fancy like this Grilled Cheese, Country Ham, Leek & Tomato Jam Sandwich.]
I like using leftover ham to enhance the flavor of dishes and coax my kids to try new vegetables so much that I even had a Leftover Ham Week my first year of blogging. My most popular recipe from that week, {No Salt Added} Ham & Bean Soup, remains a family favorite. Other favorites include Ham & Banana Pizza (I am NOT kidding, it's yummy),  Deep Dish Easter Leftovers Pizza, and my mom's Sweet & Sour Ham Balls. We love to make the Ham Balls using Thanksgiving ham and then serve them as an appetizer during the Christmas/New Years party period.

image of leftover ham cubes roasted with brussels sprouts and butternut squash

I've put together a selection of my favorite leftover ham recipe ideas in this video--please check it out!

Today's recipe brings together my love for repurposing leftovers with my love for local foods from my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share. Fall and winter are great times to enjoy butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, so when you serve a holiday ham, make this recipe using the leftovers. I served this as a side dish with spare ribs cooked in the Instant Pot, and my kids ate the rest over cous cous for lunch.

ingredients for making this recipe: roasted butternut squash cubes, a bowl of shredded brussels sprouts, and a bowl of ham cubes

For more recipes using Butternut Squash, please see my Butternut and Buttercup Squash Recipe Collection, or my Winter Squash Recipe Collection. For more recipes using Brussels sprouts . . . well, this is my first one! I think I'll add it to the Cooking Greens Collection. These collections are part of the Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me eating from the farm share, the farmer's market, the garden, the neighbor's garden, and great deals on ugly produce at the grocery store.

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image of baking pan covered with roasted butternut squash cubes, shredded brussels sprouts, and leftover ham cubes

Notes: if your garden didn't provide you with a Strategic Winter Squash Reserve full of butternut squash like mine did, save time and effort by buying peeled & cubed squash. If you're using a long stalk of Brussels sprouts, this recipe is a great way to use the loose large ones at the top of the stalk. Save the tiny tight sprouts for another recipe (and save the stalk for your dog). I use parchment paper when roasting--nothing sticks when I'm ready to stir, and clean up is super easy.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Brussels Sprouts and Ham

This recipe is sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council. I'm delighted to support the over 3,500 Ohio Hog Farmers and their families by creating new ways to enjoy their product. I like to buy my Ohio pork at the farmer's market, but you can find Ohio pork in grocery stores throughout the midwest. For more information on Ohio hog farmers, please meet the Runyan family (and learn how to grill the perfect pork chop) and take a visit to the Surber Family (and check out Chef Jeff's smothered grilled pork chops).

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