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Ham, Sweet Ham

By Fine Cooking Editors, editor

February 19th, 2014

By Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
from Fine Cooking #128, pp. 53-59

If Normal Rockwell had painted Easter dinner instead of Thanksgiving, he clearly would have nixed the turkey and gone with a ham. After all, a ham marks a celebration, a crowd, and good times. But there's no need to wait until the bunny hops along-a ham makes a terrific centerpiece anytime this spring. On the following pages, we'll explain how to shop for one, cook it, and deal with the leftovers, if you're lucky enough to have any.

Slideshow: 13 Ideas for Leftover Ham

Recipes
Cider-Braised Ham with Ginger-Lime Glaze   Roasted Ham with Cherry-Chutney Glaze   Roasted Ham with Spicy Pineapple Glaze

Cider-Braised Ham with
Ginger-Lime Glaze

 

Roasted Ham with
Cherry-Chutney Glaze

 

Roasted Ham with Spicy
Pineapple Glaze


Lucky Leftovers
If you're fortunate enough to have leftover ham, skip the sandwiches and use it to make these delicious meals.

Bean & Ham Bone Soup   Indonesian-Style Ham Stir-Fry   Rice and Lentils with Ham

Bean & Ham Bone Soup

 

Indonesian-Style Ham Stir-Fry

 

Rice and Lentils with Ham

Ham-atomy lesson
What is a ham exactly?

Where it comes from: A ham is the hip and upper portion of the back leg of a pig, boar, or other porcine, four-legged animal.

Put simply: It's the rear end, the hindquarter, the tuchus of a pig, plus a bit more down the leg for good measure. It doesn't have to be cured; it needn't be smoked. It must never be garnished with maraschino cherries.

What it is not: The front shoulder of a pig (which is often mislabeled as ham). Nor is it the poorly named Boston butt (from the front of the animal). And it's certainly not the even-more-poorly named picnic ham (again, from the front).

More specifically: When it comes to the iconic, center-of-the-table ham, we're actually referring to a "city" ham, which is a ham that's been wet-cured and hot-smoked. (Country hams, which are dry-cured and often smoked, are an entirely different matter.)

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Comments (3)

humperdink writes: I would like to try a piece. Posted: 3:35 pm on April 19th

anibanani writes: What is the easiest or best way for a left handed person to cut a ham up? Just turn it around? Posted: 11:52 am on April 16th

user-3004457 writes: It would like a video of the carving techniques. Posted: 7:19 am on April 14th

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