For a plate of simple goodness, I followed the philosophy of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Shakertown, as it is called by the locals, is one of our favorite places on earth – and it’s only seven miles from our home! We take advantage of that quite often, stopping by after Sunday church for lunch, a Saturday afternoon walk or one of the special events that are held throughout the year. This weekend Shakertown is hosting The Simple Gifts of Christmas. The village is decorated for Christmas in the style of the Shakers – greenery, red ribbons and candles. There will be musical performances of traditional Shaker songs, candlelight tours of the buildings, children can make ornaments. There will be wagon rides and in the evening caroling. And food! No trip to the village is complete without at least a Shaker dessert! Lemon Shaker Pie and Bread Pudding with Bourbon sauce are among the favorites!
This is a very easy recipe – it’s almost a matter of just assembling! Four slices of very good, fully cooked country ham are used in this recipe. My personal choice is Clifty Farms. The ham is julienned.
One large, sweet onion is thinly sliced, then sauteed in 3 tablespoons of butter until soft.
Add the ham and 1/2 cup of white wine. Cover and simmer on low, just allowing the ham to heat through, while making the Johnny Cakes. For six cakes I used one cup of jalapeno cornbread mix and 3/4 cup of milk.
In a skillet, on medium high heat, drizzle a little olive oil, and make three cakes, spreading the cornmeal mixture to flatten it. Let the cakes brown on both sides. Arrange three cakes per plate and cover with the ham mixture, including the wine/butter sauce. Enjoy!