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How to Glaze and Cook a Ham

Ham dinnerEven though we usually have ham for our Christmas Dinner, this year we had turkey and ham for Thanksgiving. We bought a spiral ham, it came already sliced and with a packet of glaze.

My mom cooked a ham for Christmas every year, along with finger foods, vegetable trays, and relishes. Our Christmas tradition was that we opened presents on Christmas Eve.

Here's a Serving Tip from 1961: Colorful food on a colorfully set table adds to the enjoyment of a meal. A beautifully garnished baked ham with it's tender pink slices, accompanied by deep-green asparagus tips, golden yellow carrots, and parsley white potatoes is a combination that is not only colorful and appealing, but also nutritious.

How to Cook a Ham

Score the top rhine of a smoked ham. Stick one clove in each cut and bake the ham. Baste with the glaze of your choice.

My Note: I cooked a ham for New Year's 2012, and I didn't create a glaze really, but I did make a marinade sort of out of pineapple juice and brown sugar. I scored the ham, stuck in some whole cloves, pinned 4 pineapple slices on top with toothpicks, put it all in my roaster and baked at 350 for about 2 1/2 hours. I took it out, removed the cloves and pineapple, sliced it and then carefully placed the slices in the drippings to soak. I put it back in the oven until supper. I was shocked when I took it out and the ham just fell apart with tenderness and juiciness. It was great.

Honey Glaze for a Spiral Ham

Sliced Spiral Ham
  • 7 pounds spiral cut smoked ham, fully cooked
  • 1/2 cup pear nectar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey

Preheat oven to 375 F. Place ham, cut end down, in a baking pan.

Mix together pear nectar and orange juice in a bowl. Bake ham in a preheated oven for 15 min., basting twice with juice mixture. Mix together brown sugar. And honey in a small bowl. Brush mixture over ham. Bake for about another hour, or until internal temperature measures 140 F on an instant read meat thermometer.

Leftover ham recipe dishes

Saucy Ham and Potato Bake

  • Saute 1 small chopped onion in 1/4 c butter.
  • Blend in 1/4 cup flour. 1 top salt, and a 1/2 top dry mustard and pepper.
  • Gradually add 1 1/2 cup milk, cook stirring constantly until thickened.
  • Add 1 1/2 cup cheese, stir until melted.
  • Toss 6 cups potato slices into the sauce.

Pour into 2 qt casserole, reserving 1 cup slices. Arrange ham slices and remaining potato slices on top of casserole. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Top with remaining cheese.
Recipe from a 1979 cookbook

German Boiled Dinner

German Boiled Dinner: I've been making this hot dish for years. I thought the recipe came from my childhood, but when I asked my mother about it, she didn't remember ever making it.

German Boiled Dinner

    In a large pot put:
  • 4 peeled potatoes, quartered
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • Cover with water, add lid, boil till potatoes are done.
    Stir in:
  • 1 can of green beens
  • 1/4 of a cabbage, chunked
  • Put the lid back on and let it simmer till tender and creamy.
  • 1 cup chopped ham just before serving.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Bisquick Casserole with Ham and Broccoli

  • 2 pkg - 10oz - frozen chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups cut up fully cooked smoked ham
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Bisquick mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 eggs

Heat oven to 350°. Cook broccoli as directed on pkg and drain. Spread in a ungreased rectangular baking pan or dish 13x9x2. Layer the ham and cheese on broccoli. Beat remaining ingredients with hand beater until smooth. Slowly pour over cheese. Bake uncovered 1 hr. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Ham and Vegetable Dinner

  • Ham slices
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Milk to cover
  1. Place the required number of slices of ham for your family in a small roaster or large casserole.
  2. Add whole potatoes and carrots for family size and two or three small onions sliced.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Then add milk to nearly cover, and bake about 1 hr. Use the leftover milk as gravy when done.
Recipe from a 1979 cookbook

Ham and Macaroni Dish

  • 1 1/2 cups (6oz.) Elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups ground ham
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup cubed cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook macaroni as package directs. Drain. Combine all ingredients including macaroni. Add enough milk to make mixture moist. Pour into 2 1/2 quart casserole. Bake in 325 oven 1 hour.
Martha Gooch recipe
See the recipe: Ham and Macaroni Dish

Homemade Noodles with Ham

  • flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Ham shank

Beat eggs, add salt and enough flour to make stiff dough. Roll out thin as possible. Let dry on table about 2 hour. Cut in 3 strips. Stack together. Cut as thin as possible with sharp knife.

Boil ham shank until meat is tender. Take meat off bone and add to broth. Drop in noodles and cook until tender, stirring often. About 20 minutes.
See the recipe: Homemade noodles with ham

Swedish Ham Balls

  • 1 lb. ground ham
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 well beaten eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water

Combine meats, crumbs, eggs, and milk. Mix well. Form into small balls. Place in baking pan (shallow) combine remaining ingredients, stir until sugar dissolves. Pour very small amount over meat balls. Baste frequently with remaining liquid. Bake in slow oven 325 degrees 1 hour. Makes 16 balls.
See the recipe: Swedish Ham Balls

Hot Brown

Put toast or English muffin on a cookie sheet. Put turkey, ham, and chicken on top. Use at least 2 of the above meat combinations; of course, it's better with all 3) on top of toast.

Make a cream sauce; pour over meat. Then put sharp grated cheese on top of sauce. Sprinkle with paprika on top of cheese (this keeps the cheese from burning).

Place in oven at 350 until cheese melts. Remove from oven and top with mushrooms, tomato and fried bacon and it is ready to serve.
Recipe from a 1981 church cookbook from Indiana

Kentucky Hot Brown - Place a piece of toast in the bottom of a soup bowl. Add a slice of tomato. Add chunks of turkey and ham. Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese. Pour over a medium White Sauce. Top with grated 3 cheese, Monterey, Mozzarella, and Cheddar. Cook in oven until hot, and cheese is melted.
MEDIUM WHITE SAUCE: In a saucepan stir together 2 cups milk with 2 Tblsp cornstarch. Add 2 Tblsp butter, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Stir constantly and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil 1 minute.
Recipe from Wolf's Tavern Henderson Ky

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Food for Thought:
"It is not he who has little, but he who wants more who is poor."

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