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Ham and Mushroom Fricasée

fanny and brendas ham and mushroom fricasée

All good things come to an end and sadly Brenda has returned from her holiday with Bebe. It seems that she resorted to some of her more dubious past by scrumping in other’s orchards while staying in the middle of Herefordshire. It wasn’t helped that Bebe encouraged this gross misconduct by threatening anyone who challenged their fruit pilfers with an armed shotgun. (I wouldn’t dare challenge Bebe with or without a shotgun in hand! She’s a hairy lipped old dragon that even frightens the local constabulary). Sometimes I do wonder sometimes how these two managed to inveigle their way into my otherwise quiet life.

Now that the squawking maladroit is back I am faced with feeding her again. The other day I cooked a gorgeous ham for myself and a most attractive young man but we didn’t eat it all. For this recipe I used some of its leftovers. I like meals that use leftovers, they are often as or even more tasty than the original. This is a satisfying cheap main course and good for a mid week supper.

fanny and brendas ham and mushroom fricasée

(Serves 4)


knob of butter
olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 stick celery – peeled and finely diced
1 medium carrot- finely diced
1 leeks – well washed and cut into fairly narrow rings, although they’ll fall apart
125g mushrooms – finely chopped
100ml ham or chicken stock
Glass of dry white wine
1tsp Herbes de Provence – or a pinch each of thyme, chopped rosemary, oregano, lavender (purely optional), marjoram
1 or 2 bay leaves
Sea Salt
Freshly cracked black pepper
1tbsp cornflour mixed with a few splashes of water
150g crème fraîche, soured cream, cream or milk
400g cooked ham from a joint – or gammon – roughly chopped but not too small as it will fall apart anyway
Peas, courgette, red pepper, sweetcorn – choose 2 or 3 of them and it’s a handful of each one
1/2 lemon – juiced

fanny and brendas ham and mushroom fricasée


1. Melt the butter and olive oil together in a frying pan and gently fry the onion with the garlic, carrot, celery, leek and mushrooms until the onion is transparent and the vegetables have softened.

2. Stir in the Herbes de Provence and add the bay leaf, wine and stock.

fanny and brendas ham and mushroom fricasée

3. Now add the ham and give everything a stir. Put the lid on the pan and cook for 10 minutes.

4. Add two or three other vegetables – we used peas, red pepper and sweetcorn (we used fresh, sliced off the cob, but tinned would be fine)

5. Season to taste – the reason you do it now is because you want to see how salty it is already due to the ham

6. Slake 1tbsp cornflour in a little water and stir into the ham and vegetable mixture. Stir well over a low heat until the cornflour mixture thickens the fricassée.

7. Stir in the crème fraîche, soured cream, cream, yoghurt or milk and cook through, squeezing over the lemon at the last minute.

fanny and brendas ham and mushroom fricasée

8. Serve on a bed of white rice.

fanny and brendas ham and mushroom fricasée

Ham with cream wine and mushrooms

Ham with cream and wine

jambon a la creme - a delicious ham recipe

6 Slices of cooked ham
Punnet of mushrooms
1 clove of garlic
Handful of parsley.
25g x 2 butter
A splash of olive oil
2 medium onions diced
A spoonful of plain flour
500ml ham stock
2 tbls spoons tomato puree
300ml creme fraiche
1kg leaf spinach

jambon a la creme - a delicious ham recipe

This is a superb recipe to use up the end of a ham joint and marvellous for the family over Easter.

Slice up the mushrooms and fry till browned lightly in the garlic and butter. Add some chopped parsley just as you finish the frying.

jambon a la creme - a delicious ham recipe

Slice the ham

Heat the butter and the oil in a pan and fry the slices until browned. Put them to one side.

In the same now empty pan add the onions, brown them, and add the flour.

Pour over the stock and a glass of dry white wine and add the mushrooms
Bring to the boil and simmer and add the creme fraiche and tomato puree, Keep stirring until the sauce is light and creamy.

Salt and pepper to taste, add the leaf spinach and let it wilt in the sauce. Add the ham and pop in the oven for quarter of an hour at 150° this is now ready to serve, preferably with some lovely new potatoes!

jambon a la creme - a delicious ham recipe

Serve with a gorgeous white wine.