Ham Pockets – Puff Pastry Handpies with Ham, Brie and Kale

Ham Pockets

April 1, 2016

And the HAMFEST festivities continue!

One of the most anticipated uses of leftover ham in our house is the creation of Ham Pockets, both for their sweet-salty-cheesy-crusty deliciousness and for the opportunity to sing the name Ham Pockets over and over again, a la early 90’s Hot Pocket commercials.

Don’t be fooled by the intense expressions of Hot Pocket ecstasy above – the real things manage to be both burn unit-level scalding and icy cold in the center all at once, harboring unintelligible ingredients smothered in a belly-aching combination of molten cheese and regret.

While that may not be enough to stop you (we’ve all made a regrettable Hot Pocket choice or two in our lives, right?), there is a better way – HAM POCKETS!

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Irish Stew Sandwich With Corned Beef, Guinness Caramelized Onions And Soda Bread

Irish Stew Sandwich With Corned Beef, Guinness Caramelized Onions And Soda Bread

March 17, 2016

When cooking a brisket in a household of only two people, the problem is you have meat for days. DAYS.

The initial meal can get you through at least a couple of nights. For the inaugural meal, I slow-braised the weighty side of beef in a pool of beef stock (with a healthy splash of Guinness) along with bobbing bits of onion, potato, multicolor carrots and pickling spices – classic pot roast style elevated by the substitution of savory, salty pink corned beef, you can feast on that for at least a day or two.

And then, the sandwiches begin.

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