Recipe by CraftScout
So one day, I was just too weary to try to do anything special with the ham I picked out for dinner. So I stabbed it with a meat thermometer, and let it bake until done. It was so surprisingly delicious that it's the only way I bake hams now. :) This recipe is written for beginners or for people who have never even thought of baking a ham but found a great sale and now need to know what to do with their hunk of ham. :) Servings are a guess based on the 11 pound ham I served last night.
- 1 (10 -15 lb) cooked ham, bone-in shank half
- salt and pepper, to taste (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350F and make sure the racks are all the way on the bottom so there is plenty of room for the ham.
- Bring ham in packaging to sink and have a pan big enough to hold it nearby. I find a 9"x13" baking pan works great. Make sure your pan is at least an inch deep.
- Take ham out of wrapper and rinse it with cool water if you think it feels icky. Then find the plastic doohickey on the large cut end and remove it. At this point you can trim off some of the fat if you would like. I usually don't, as most of it renders out into the pan or is very easy to cut around.
- Place ham in pan with large cut side down.
- Stab with the business end of a probe style thermometer. This is the kind which has a long metal skewer on one end (the business end), a long cable, and a box which has all the controls and readouts. Make sure the probe goes through a large area of meat, not fat, and doesn't hit one of the bones down the center of the ham. Set your thermometer to alert you when the ham reaches 140°F.
- When your oven has reached 350F, put the ham in (be careful, it's heavy).
- Wait until the thermometer alerts you. Then remove the ham from the oven (remember, it's heavy and now it's really hot, too). Remove the probe, and either start slicing or put on a pretty platter and let your family/guests ooh and ahh. :).
- NOTE: The skin gets very black and crispy. Do not panic, the meat is juicy, I promise. Simply cut the skin off where it is really crispy and get to the meat underneath.
- ALSO: If you do not have a probe style meat thermometer, or need an idea of timing for preparing the rest of your meal, an already cooked (city) ham will reheat to 140F in approximately 15 minutes per pound. So a 12 pound ham will take 3 hours. Ish.
- And FINALLY: I like to carve off the leftovers and separate into 1 pound amounts. I then put these into labeled quart sized freezer bags and freeze for casseroles, pasta, or beans another night. The bone can be put into a labeled gallon sized freezer bag, and then thawed for yummy beans another night.