How To Cook Ham
A ham is easily one of the most satisfying foods to prepare and eat, which is just one of the reasons why you should learn how to cook a ham. Because of its versatility, there are many different ham recipes available for you to enjoy.
Want to create the tastiest and juiciest ham? Here are some tips to keep in mind when learning how to cook a ham.
Buy the Right Ham
It all starts with the right ham. When buying your ham, choose a leg with a thick layer of fat to protect the meat when you’re cooking your ham. That fat portion will also lend taste into the meat inside.
Remove the Skin
When removing the skin, you should make sure that you don’t tear the fat. This is one of the mistakes that beginners make when they’re just learning how to cook a ham. The trick is to score the skin around the shank with a sharp knife and using small controlled strokes. If you can, it’s a good idea to remove the skin and keep it in one piece.
Score the Fat
With a sharp knife, score the fat. You should take care not to cut all the way to the meat. When you expose the meat, the ham may dry out as you cook it in the oven.
Add Cloves for Flavour
The ham recipes call that you make a small hole in the scored fat and insert a clove of garlic. Not only does this make the ham look beautiful, it also adds a slight garlicky flavour into the ham. Don’t be reluctant to try out ham recipes that require garlic in them, as their flavours are often subtle but still make all the difference.
Honey Glazed Ham Recipe
Now that you know how to cook a ham, here’s one of the easiest ham recipes that you can do. Call it sweet practice.
- Leg of Ham
- Garlic cloves
- Half a cup of honey
- 3 tsp French mustard
- 2 tbsp dry sherry
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- Remove the rind of the ham and score a diamond patter on the ham by scoring diagonally and across.
- In each of the diamond-shaped spaces, insert garlic cloves in each.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients together and spread evenly all over the ham.
- In a moderate oven, bake for an hour, basting when nearly cooked halfway.
- Do this until the ham is warmed through and turns golden brown.
- Remove from heat and let rest.
- Serve and enjoy!