Sunday, March 06, 2011

Fresh Baked Ham from Epicurious Magazine

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Ham. Fresh ham..............
It was ashame to waste so much of this beautifully browned and succulent ham. I started this on a Sunday. It baked and we anticipated a good Sunday dinner. But it took too long. Wish I had used the convection option for roasting because we may have had it that very evening.



Since it looked like the damn ham wouldn't be cooked through until 8:30 or 9:00 that evening....we ended up eating leftover chicken. (Which was good, mind you, but not what the tastebuds were set for...you know).

The next day Doug went to the hospital and well......that ham sat wrapped up for a few days. For what it's worth, wrapping a cooked fresh ham in foil and then popping it in a large freezer bag to refrigerate - that keeps it very well! So, we had some later....and I had some on my own between trips to the hospital and home.

Anyhoo......here is what you need to do:

With a small sharp knife prick the ham skin all over, make 4 parallel 1/2-inch-deep incisions through the skin the entire length of the ham, and rub the ham lightly with the oil.

In a small bowl rub together the coarse salt, the thyme, the sage, the pepper, and the mustard and rub the mixture over the entire surface of the ham.




Put the ham on a roasting rack set in a roasting pan and put the pan in a preheated 500°F. oven. Reduce the temperature immediately to 325°F. and roast the ham for 1 hour.



Pour half the beer over the ham, roast the ham for 30 minutes more, and pour the remaining beer over the ham. Roast the ham for 2 1/2 hours more, or until a meat thermometer registers 170°F., and let it cool on the rack in the pan for 15 minutes.

It was a beauty....too bad I did not start the cooking process an hour and half earlier. Is this magazine recipe a keeper? Absolutely. I just need to make it an earlier project.



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I will be sending this to CreamPuffs in Venice for her roundup of Magazine Monday. Surf over to visit the Creampuff and see what else is shaping up in her neck of the woods :-)

14 comments:

Fresh Local and Best said...

i just saw a fresh leg of ham at the grocery store and it was such a beautiful cut of meat, but was completely intimidated. This looks like a great way to prepare it, and a great idea for the upcoming Easter dinner.

Pierce said...

Fresh and Local - what a great idea...I love lamb!

Rita said...

Hope you Doug is well. That ham looks super good!
Rita

Katerina said...

This ham looks so appetizing. I hope everything is ok with Doug!

Lord of Squirrel Head Manor said...

I am fine, and I thank you for asking! BTW, the ham was excellent.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, great ham! I bet it made for some awesome sammies. ☺

Kim said...

Tina- Where in the world did you find fresh ham? I looked all over and made phone calls for fresh ham last year and had the hardest time finding it. This looks absolutely incredible and succulent.

The Food Hunter said...

Looks really good

Anonymous said...

That looks like a monster - traditionally in Wales ham is boiled not baked ... served with potatoes and parsley sauce *dribble*

Pierce said...

Natashya, I did in fact make some ham sammies :-) Love a good grilled Cuban too.

Kim - The local grocery store had many fresh hams along with the smoked ones, slices etc. It was good...just bad timing on cooking it for us.

Food Hunter- thank you!

Mrs. L - boiled, really? Is it still moist? I love potatoes...Doug likes rice better but, that is the difference between a northern and southern upbringing I suppose.

roz said...

I am SO in the mood for a good ham! I haven't baked one in so long, since I've become spoiled by my family always bringing a honey-baked ham given to them from an employer. Kudos for your ham, I could just dig in right now! Thanks for all of the wonderfully kind comments on my blog! You are such a nice follower and I hope to match you some day!

Pierce said...

Thank you Roz, that was such a nice comment. You made my day :-)
Ham is one of those meals we don't have too often, at least a large ham like this one. But there is sooo much you can do with the leftovers.

creampuff said...

It has always been my dream to make a fresh ham ... delicious!

Ranjani said...

I've never cooked a fresh ham before...looks so good though, I should give it a try!

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