So you want to cook ham?
You’re afraid it will be dry when you’re finished?
No longer fear!
I’ve got a really and I mean really easy recipe that packs a wonderful flavor!
Don’t be intimidated any more!
You can use this recipe and then brag about your new found skill!
I’m sorry for the piggies,
but I still love ham.
A ham is very easy to cook
and takes very little effort to produce
a tender and moist end product.
Let’s begin our little cooking lesson today.
Whether the ham is a spiral cut pre-cooked
or uncut and uncooked,
the process is basically the same.
The main difference is the amount of cooking required.
For the ease,
I purchased a pre-sliced spiral cut ham.
I took it out of the wrapping and
plopped it in my big black roasting pan.
This pan always makes me feel like a good Southern cook.
No, I have no idea why it does, but I do!
Pretty ham, huh?
I try to spread them out evenly.
Just a little will add a nice flavor,
but won’t overpower the ham taste.
and squish it between some of the slices.
Slowly pour the juice into the space between the slices.
Yes, these are canned peaches
and this is the only time I buy them.
For everyone else,
I rather eat dirt than a peach in a metal can.
Okay, maybe not dirt,
but I hate the flavor of the peach that is in a metal can.
You can use fresh peaches too,
but all the fresh peaches looked yucky so I opted for canned this time.
Anyway, take the peaches and
the juice and put them in a bowl.
carefully lay the peaches all over.
When they are all laying over the ham,
slowly pour all the juice on the ham.
Then kind of squish the peaches against the ham.
Yep! This is a squishing recipe!
You don’t have to answer me.
I know it looks good!
I’ve got eyes in my head too!
I’m just full of myself today!
mix the brown sugar and cinnamon.
Pat the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture
VERY carefully on top of the peaches.
Here’s a little more pineapple.
“Waste not, want not!”
AND put the lid on.
I know it sounds stupid,
but do it anyway.
It seems to make the meat even more moist.
When it has finished cooking…
the thrilling flavor continues
to excite the taste buds.
take a bite.
It is so delicious and juicy
that it just drips with flavor.
7 lb ham
27 ounces pineapple
20 ounces peaches
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
In the center of a large roasting pan, place a fresh or pre-sliced/pre-baked ham. Gently squish the pineapple between the layers and pour the juice between the slices. If your ham is not pre-sliced, slice the ham at least 3/4 of the way through and all the way across. Now gently layer the chopped peaches. In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon. Pat it gently on top of the peaches.
Cover the top of the roaster with aluminum foil AND put the roaster lid on top.
Cook on 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes per pound for a spiral cut ham and 12-16 for a fresh ham. The internal temperature will reach 170 degrees if you cook it that long and that is the desired temperature for a ham.
Every 30 minutes, open and baste the ham with the liquid in the pan and then wrap it back up tightly with the aluminum foil, put the lid on and continue cooking until finished.