Monday, 22 December 2014

Big Rig Cooking: A Trucker's Christmas Feast

Merry Christmas Trucking Nation! All of us here at TruckLogics love the holiday season. The twinkling lights, eggnog, smell of Christmas trees, and the food. Oh my goodness, the food is what really makes the holiday season come alive, right? So I got to thinking...what about those hard working truckers that will be on the road during Christmas? They deserve something special. Then it hit me like I was in a V8 commercial... A Christmas Feast (including dessert) that any trucker can make on the road. Bonus, this meal is pretty healthy. If you are familar with my Thanksgiving Dinner I did for truckers, this meal is prepared basically the same way. So enough introductions...let's get cooking.

You can use a crockpot, electric skillet, or something similar. It just needs to have a lid. Here are the ingredients and they can all be found at any grocery store:

The Good Stuff                                                  Meat                                           The Other Stuff
Medium Tomato                                    Smoked Spiral Ham                                    Foil
Fresh (or frozen) green beans                                                                                    Knife
Frozen spinach                                                                                                           Honey                  
Baby carrots                                                                                                               Cinnamon
Orange Juice

Note: I used an electric skillet, so that is what I will refer to, but it would work the same way with a crockpot.

Now it starts getting good
Line your skillet with foil. Then set the temperature on low. While the skillet is heating up let's start the food prep.

Cut the pear and tomato into wedges. I got four wedges out of the pear and about 6 out of the tomato. For the apple, slice it into thin wedges that will fit between the ham slices.

Create a foil bowl for the pear wedges, leaving enough foil to cover the top. Then fill it with the pear wedges and drizzle honey over top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and close the top.

Place the ham in the middle of your skillet. Then put the pear bowl in (I did this step a little later in the process, and found that doing it at the beginning would be much better). Next up, toss in the carrots on one side of the ham. Then we are going to layer the greens and tomatoes on the other side. Start off with the green beans, then layer on your spinach followed by your tomatoe wedges on the top.

Here is a picture of the pear bowl with the honey and cinnamon.

Then take your apple slices and stuff them inbetween the ham layers. Trust me, this makes it so delicious and gives a special holiday flavor. Doesn't it just look so pretty? Oh, I love this meal.

Now to give the entire meal a little something special, your going to pour in about a cup, to a cup and a half, of orange juice. If you are a little apprehensive about the orange juice, have some faith, the food will taste amazing.

I did go in and drizzle as little bit of honey on the carrots, it was just a personal preferance and gives them a sweetened flavor. Before we put that lid on, admire your work as a Big Rig Chef, now cover it up and let the magic happen.

You can let this meal just simmer away for a few hours, basically until the carrots and pear can be easily stabbed with a fork, or whatever cutlery device you have laying around. I think I was only able to let it simmer for an hour and a half before the taste testers couldn't wait any longer.

This all in one skillet meal is one of my best. It was super easy to make and pretty healthy, especially if you use all fresh veggies. I didn't even need to add any salt or other seasonings. I really hope you enjoy this Christmas Feast and remember no matter where the road takes you, a really good meal will always bring you right back home.

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