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How to Make Baked Country Ham

Once you learn how to cook a country baked ham, you won't bother purchasing one at a specialty store (and specialty prices!) every again.

Wed, 8 Jun 2011|

-Hey everyone! I'm Judith from recipe.com and, today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make baked country ham, a really great dish for special occasion--Christmas, Easter, or perhaps for buffet. So, what you're gonna need for this is 8 cups of apple juice or apple cider. We have 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of whole cloves, 2 teaspoons of ground cloves, and enough red wine vinegar to make our glaze. And, right here, we have a 13-pound country ham. So, this ham is-- has been cooked and smoked and is all ready for us to make. So, we prepared our ham yesterday before we're doing this process. So, what we did is we put our ham in a large container full of water and we refrigerated that for 16 hours. We poured out the water and changed it once. Then, what we did is washed it under warm water, scrubbed it with a brush. We cut out the skin and trimmed the fat. So, now, it's all ready to be prepared. So, what we're gonna do is we're gonna get our whole cloves, just gonna give this a beautiful flavor, but gonna get 1 side of our ham, as you see, the trimmed side of our ham and we're just going to put our whole cloves through 1 section of our ham, so we just poked them in like so, give a little bit of space in between and we're gonna do that all the way down one side of the ham. So, we're cooking our ham without the fat on, but a lot of people like to leave the fat on when they're cooking and they just cut out a kind of diamond shape and part of the ham before they cook it. And, also, don't be intimidated by your ham. Obviously, you know, you-- some people just don't know what to do with it, but ham is really, really best to have. It's a great dish to make, really easy, in fact, and for all those who don't know what ham is, it's the cut of the pig. It's the hind leg actually. It's the thigh part at the hind leg of the pig. So, that's what is, so don't be scared. So, we've transferred our ham into a large baking dish right here and, as you can see, our beautiful cloves are inserted into our ham and we wanna bake our ham trimmed side up like so. So, before we're gonna put it in the oven, let's get our apple juice and what we're gonna do is we're just going to spoon that over and under our ham and that's just gonna be a lovely sweet juice for our ham. So, we poured our apple juice over our ham and, now, it's time to put it in the oven. So, we pre-heated our oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and we're gonna cook our ham covered. So, get some foil and we'll cover that and that is gonna go in the oven now for 4-1/2 hours. So, it's been about 4-1/2 hours. We've taken our baked country ham out of the oven and we've drained off all of the pan juices and that's looking and smelling delicious already. But, now, we're gonna make a nice glaze to go on there. So, let's take our sugar, our ground cloves from earlier. We're just gonna get enough of our red wine vinegar to make a paste. That should do it, mix it all in there. Great! And that sweet glaze is just gonna go great against the saltiness of our ham. Fantastic! So, as that's all in there, we'll get a brush and we're gonna baste the fat side of our-- of our ham like so. So, now, we're gonna put that back in the oven for another 30 minutes or until our instant-read thermometer reads about 170 degrees Fahrenheit and we're gonna put it in uncovered this time. Well, it's been another 30 minutes. We've taken our ham out of the oven now, looking gorgeous, flavorful. You can see all those herbs there, nice golden color, and that that is now ready to slice. Of course, if you don't finish it, there's plenty of things you can do with your ham--make a nice sandwich, put a bit of Dijon mustard on that, it's great, put it in your omelet, in a quiche--works with everything. So, you can refrigerate that for up to about a week and use that, so that's it. Really, really flavorful, that's how you make your country baked ham. Well, thanks for watching everyone. For more great recipes and savings, go to recipe.com.