When ham is served on the dinner table, it used to mean one thing: itâ€™s Christmas Eve. But the sweet glazed ham is also versatile, the remains of the feast gets recycled as a sandwich filling, on fried rice, and in casseroles or pasta dishes.
A brand thatâ€™s synonymous with holiday ham is Purefoods Fiesta Ham, which only gets to be available come last week of November or just in time for the Yuletide season. Otherwise, ham cravings are satisfied in the form of sweetened ham slices available year-round in supermarketsâ€™ cold cuts area.
This year, Purefoods has decided to offer their iconic food item beyond the holidays with its Fiesta Ham Smoked Boneless. Mira Rosar of Purefoods says, â€śAfter all, Filipino families always have reasons to celebrate, gather, and eat good food. So, why not offer year-round the Fiesta Ham, which has become a staple, whether served as a whole or as part of festive dishes.â€ť
During its product launch held a few weeks ago at Chef Jessie at the Rockwell Center in Makati City, the talented Chef Jessie Sinsioco did an Iron Chef of sorts by presenting a complete mealâ€”from appetizer to dessertâ€”using the smokey and flavorful ham. Present were moms and Purefoods brand â€śhambassadorsâ€ť Suzi Entrata-Abrera, Christine Jacob-Sandejas, Barbie Almalbis-Honasan, and Danica Sotto-Pingris who talked about their favorite non-Christmas ham dish.
For celebrity mother Suzi Entrata-Abreira, Sunday is spent reconnecting with her husband Paolo Abrera and her children, Leona, Jade and Nela. For her, Chef Jessie prepared crepe pouches and kebabs made with Purefoods Fiesta Ham Smoked Boneless.
For former Olympian and TV host Christine Jacobâ€™s active lifestyle, itâ€™s salad with fresh greens, topped with passion fruit vinaigrette dressing, and fiesta ham strips. To compliment the salad is a creamy potato soup with small bits of ham and tomato concessĂ©.
Singer-songwriter Barbie Almabis relishes being wife to painter Martin Honasan and mom to their daughter, Noa Stina and son, Liam. For this creative mom, Chef Jessie prepared a delicious creamy pasta that she could enjoy with her young family.
Actress and celebrity mom, Danica Sotto, on the other, whose been married to her husband, PBA player Marc Pingris, for five years now shares that the secret to their happy marriage is making sure to schedule date nights. And since Danica also studied culinary arts, Chef Jessie prepared Ham Wellington in creamy mushroom sauce that Danica can prepare for her husband anytime they feel like having a special meal together.
The tastings meal was nicely finished off with Chef Jessieâ€™s savory dessert: Bread and Ham Pudding with honey-orange sauce.
To make the launch even more charming, especially on a hot summer day, special settings were also created by the organizers to give guests a total idea of how to throw beautiful everyday celebrations with Purefoodsâ€™ Boneless Ham in the company of friends and loved ones.