Monday, March 31, 2014

Easter Tip - The Basics for Cooking & Serving Ham

Easter Sunday comes with all sorts of traditions, from egg hunts to Easter baskets and a nice big family meal.  Ham is popular main course here in the United States and because it is a meal many families only find themselves cooking once or twice a year, people find themselves intimidated by cooking and serving a ham that is just right.  Here are our tips for purchasing, cooking and serving a ham this Easter!

How much do I buy?
You should count on buying about 3/4 pound if the ham is bone-in.  If you choose a boneless ham, choose one that would allow for 1/3 pound per person. Of course, we love the leftovers, so be sure to account for that if you do too!

How long to I cook it?
Fully cooked hams can be served cold, but a glazed ham is delicious.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Place ham in a large roasting pan.  Cover tightly with a lid or foil.  Cook approximately 15 minutes per pound.  Remove from oven 30 minutes before the end of the cook time.  Brush glaze on the surface of the ham.  Return to oven uncovered, brush with additional glaze one or two more times for the remainder of the cook time.  The internal temperature of the ham should be 160 degrees F.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Here is our favorite recipe for an easy Glazed Baked Ham.

What do I do with the leftovers?
Be sure to wrap your leftovers and store them in your refrigerator and then try one of these great recipes!

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