Spiral Sliced Ham with Cola Lime Sauce.
I originally found this recipe in the Reno Gazette Journal. Originally it was a very complex recipe which called for soaking the ham in a brine, baking with a complex rub and then finally serving with the sauce. To me, the various seasonings included in the 3 different steps over whelmed the flavor of the ham. And since the sauce is so yummy, I omitted the first two steps, and everyone raves about it as soon as they taste it, . The preparation is simple: open a can of Coke, add brown sugar, lime juice and a few slices of jalapeño peppers - simmer for a short period of time, cool and then refrigerate until the day of the reception. See notes regarding modifying the heat by removing the chili pieces. I am going to make the statement that men love this dish...based on the fact that I have actually had marriage proposals at receptions where this was served.
9-1/2 lb Spiral Sliced Ham
Cola Lime Sauce
1 Cup Coke Classic
2 Cups Packed dark or light brown sugar
1/4 C lime juice (2 limes)
2 ea Jalapeno chilies; cleaned and seeded, sliced crosswise into 1/4" slices
Bring Coke, lime juice, brown sugar and jalapenos to boil in a small saucepan over high heat. I remove the chili slices after about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until syrupy. Sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated.
Ham can be sliced off bone before hand and placed in slide lock baggies. Following the natural sectioning of the meat, make 3 or 4 cuts the length of the ham; cutting completely down to the bone. Gently removed the sections and separate the spiral slices.
To serve: Place ham in a shallow pan and spoon the sauce over it, cover with foil and reheat in the oven, or chafer. Do not overcook.
As I point out in Frugally Fabulous Wedding Receptions, there could be limited oven space at a rental facility so having a meat dish that can be heated in the chafing dish is a big positive. It should take approximately 30 - 45 minutes for a full tray of ham to become hot in a chafer over full heat.
Once you have contracted with a venue what are the five key questions to ask the rental facility coordinator?
- How early can we get in to set-up?
- Can we use tape?
- Can we string lights?
- Can we burn candles?
- What time do we need to be out?
How early can we get in to set-up?
The time needed for the room set-up will be determined by the extent of the room decorations, the time needed to place linens on the tables, and putting table decorations in place. We suggest having one team work on the room decorations and another to put up the tables, get linens on and place the decorations on the tables. Have men available to do the heavy lifting, carrying and stringing. But have a woman on hand to direct the show. Use the men to set up the tables as they can be quite heavy; they can then help the ladies put on the tablecloths and decorations. Remember to allow time for everyone involved in decorating to go home and get ready for the event. I suggest starting to decorate no less than three hours before the event, preferably four.....that way everyone has time to relax and get in a festive mood prior to the event.
Of course, you will need to know what time you need to vacate the facility. Remember...you are responsible for leaving the facility in the original condition. You have a sizable deposit to ensure that occurs; so get a clean-up committee organized beforehand to pick up garbage, clear off and take-down tables, sweep the floor and carry out all the miscellaneous items that need to be taken home. And yes, all the tables do have to be folded up and put away. The more bodies the better for this task.... we have seen rooms completely broken down and cleaned in as little as 45 minutes when there is A PLAN ....which I will cover in detail in a future posting.
By combining the length of the set-up time, the function and the clean-up time you will have a total time frame for your reception. If there are strict time limits for your facility (and some do have them) take the total number of hours you have the facility, deduct the set-up and clean-up times and you will have a time frame for the actual reception.
Many facilities will allow you to extend your function by paying an additional hourly fee. But, if too much time goes by.....you are likely to lose those who are willing to pitch in and help clean-up.
Do I Need Additional Insurance If I Rent a Facility?
Be prepared to purchase an insurance rider from your homeowner's insurance provider. The fee could range from $50.00 to $200.00 for your event, depending on the geographical location.
What Does the Rental Hall Provide?
Some halls provide tables and chairs. Be prepared to provide everything else. Detailed lists of everything you will need to rent or bring with you will be covered as you work your way through your planning.
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