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 a 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 purchasing, cooking and serving a top-notch ham this Easter!

To make things even tastier, we’ve brought back our Classic Ham Glaze this season. It’s a delicious combination of flavors from pineapple, honey, spices and a hint of clove. Our moms really got this one right! It’s so good and reminds us of fond family dinner memories. We even enjoy it equally on pork or chicken!

But, back to the ham!

How much do I buy?

You should count on buying about ¾ lb per person if the ham is bone-in. If you choose a boneless ham, choose one that would allow for 1/3 lb per person. Of course, we love the leftovers, so be sure to account for that too if you do as well!

How long do I cook it?

Fully cooked hams can technically be served cold, but a glazed ham is delicious. Preheat your oven to 300°F. Place the ham in a large roasting pan and 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 and brush Classic Ham Glaze on the surface of the ham. Return to the oven, uncovered, and continue to 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°F. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Any ideas for what to do with leftovers?

If you love leftovers as much as we do, be sure to wrap them up and store in your refrigerator until you’re ready to use it in your recipe.

Slice thinly and layer with pineapple rounds, Monterey Jack cheese and Spicy Honey Mustard for a Hawaiian Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Dice and whisk with herbs, vegetables and eggs for easy Baked Herb Eggs.

Replace the bacon with diced ham in this savory Breakfast Strata for an all-in-one breakfast casserole.

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