Contributed by: NAPSA
Today's Ham Can Be the Focal Point of Any Meal
(NAPSA) - For years, many a memorable family gathering has had ham as the focal point of the meal, whether it's a fancy dinner or a casual get-together. The beauty of ham is in its simplicity. Its savory flavor, ease of preparation and ability to turn leftovers into delicious salads, sandwiches and soups have made it a tradition for generations. Today's ham can be used as a classic main dish, or included in all-occasion recipes with delightful, contemporary twists.
Hams are available in a variety of different types at local grocery stores. It is recommended that a "premium" ham be selected when serving ham as the main dish or when it is a key ingredient in a recipe. "Premium" means the meat has not been chopped and formed and does not contain added water. Premium, ready-to-eat hams, such as Hormel(r) Cure 81(r) ham, are available in boneless and bone-in varieties.
Bone-in hams offer a deliciously distinct flavor and are available in whole and half sizes, providing two to three servings per pound. Boneless hams are convenient to serve and are available in whole, half and quarter sizes, providing about four to five servings per pound. Both types also come in pre-sliced versions.
Preparing a Ham
Ham is very versatile. Fully-cooked, premium hams can be eaten cold or heated and served warm. A glaze can be added. A glaze is typically a sweetened sauce that is spread over the ham toward the end of cooking. The glaze adds depth to the ham's flavor and gloss to the appearance.
Bake ham according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients. Heat slowly until smooth, beating with a wire whisk or rotary beater.
Thirty minutes before ham is done, remove from oven. Spoon one-half of glaze onto surface of ham. Continue baking. Serve ham with remaining glaze.
Prep Time: 15 minutes - Cook Time: 2 hours
Serving Size: Makes 12 Servings
Nutritional Information: Per Serving: 326 Calories; 8 Grams Fat; 29 Grams Protein; 34 Grams Carbohydrates
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