Lizzie’s favorite sandwich since she learned to eat a sandwich is “ham with sprinkle cheese and mayo.” She says ‘cooked’ ham is ok, but the stuff from the store (lunch meat) is better. Me, I favor ‘cooked’ ham.
After we cook our ham, we use the leftover is just about everything. Not to sound all Forrest Gump on you, but we love ham and beans, scalloped potatoes and ham (now that I have learned how to make them right…that is a story for another day), ham sandwiches, ham and eggs, and well, just ham!
So the recipe I use for ham has been handed down to me from my dad. I don’t know if it is his recipe or where he got it, but I do know he gave it to me and it is always how we have eaten ham. This isn’t just any ham. I have awesome memories associated with ham. Yes, ham. Many memories consist of me standing in the kitchen with my dad snitching pieces to ‘quality test’ it before we put it on the table. Truthfully the memories come from standing around talking with my dad about everything from food to boys and just life in general. Many of you know I love food and I have even proclaimed a passion for it. I think part of this comes from the time spent in the kitchen with my dad. My favorite memory is sitting on the corner kitchen counter watching him cook something while we talk. Whenever I visit, I find myself migrating to that same spot when he is cooking. So this is a loaded ham. Loaded with love, loaded with memories every time I smell it, and loaded with sugar. Warning-this recipe is not for the diabetic. And I’m not ashamed. I love my Dad and I love ham!
You will need:
One pre-cooked ham
Honey (We use a natural, local honey)
A Pan with a rack
And whatever you want to go with your ham (we either have mashed potatoes or stuffing and green beans)
Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line your pan with foil (makes for easier clean up). Put in the rack, and place your ham on top. Put in 1 to 2 cups of water in the bottom of the pan. The bigger the ham, the more water you will need. Coat your ham in the honey. Once done, coat the honey with brown sugar. (Remember my warning!) Cover with foil. If you want the top ‘crunchy’ don’t cover or take the cover off about halfway through baking. Bake the ham 20 to 30 minutes per pound. I always tend to go with 30 minutes. And that is my super easy ham recipe. Enjoy!