Monday, December 03, 2007

Ham It Up for the Holidays!

A baked ham is just a ham until it's anointed with a yummy glaze. There are many different types to choose from so I have pulled together some of my favorites.

First, heat a pre-cooked ham 15-18 minutes for every pound at 325 degrees; or until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees. (Note: if this is an uncooked, fresh ham it will take approximately 25 minutes per pound to reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.)

Thirty minutes before the ham is done, remove it from the oven. Carefully pour out the drippings and remove any skin. Lightly score the fat side of the ham with uniform diamond shapes. (Optional: insert a whole clove in the center of each diamond.) Finally, brush, pat, or pour on the glaze of your choice and continue cooking for the remaining 30 minutes.

Click here to find easy-to-prepare ham glazes.

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