Everyone at Work got a Fully Cooked Ham for Christmas
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Your company gave you a fully cooked ham for a Christmas bonus. Being new at cooking you are not sure what this means or what to do with the ham. A fully cooked ham means that it is ready to eat. You do not have to cook it if you do not want to.
If you want to warm the ham, a brown sugar glaze would make a nice topping. Put it on the ham during the last 30 minutes of cooking. When you put the ham in the oven to warm, set the oven to 325 degrees, and cook until the internal ham temperature is between 140 to 160 degrees. If you do not have a meat thermometer, cook your ham for about an hour and a half.
For a brown sugar glaze, mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed with 1/2 cup orange juice with 2 teaspoons barbeque sauce. Mix and taste the glaze. You can adjust the glaze to suit your taste buds.
If the ham is too large for one meal for you and your family, cut it in half if it is a boneless ham and freeze one-half for up to two months.
After your ham dinner, you can make ham sandwiches for lunch the next day. Another alternative can be to dice some ham and mix it in scrambled eggs for an omelet or breakfast burritos. This can be a nice alternative to your normal breakfast.
A fully cooked ham can be used in many ways. For example, use the ham in a pot of beans, in potato soup, in casseroles, and many more dishes. Slice some thick slices and have fried ham slices with fried potatoes. Here is a great breakfast, or dinner casserole for fully cooked ham.
Ham and hash brown casserole
- This recipe will serve 4 persons
- 2 cups diced ham 1 bag (24 oz) hash browns, thawed 1 cup shredded cheese, your choice
- Cook hash brown in fry pan until done and lightly brown Lightly spray casserole dish with canola oil In bowl mix hash browns and ham, then put in casserole dish Top with shredded cheese If you want, you can mix 1/2 cup shredded cheese in with the hash browns and ham. Bake at 325 degrees until casserole is hot and cheese is melted
With this recipe, you can add scrambled eggs on the side. If there are multiple people that are going to enjoy the casserole, you can figure 1/2 cup dice ham for each extra person, and 1/4 of bag of thawed hash browns.
Remember, when you see a ham that states on its package that it is fully cooked, it does not need to be cooked. The ham is ready to eat as sandwiches, or in your favorite dish. You can ask the butcher if he will cut the ham into slices and ham steaks for you.
To find more recipes and ways to use your fully cooked ham, go online or look in your cookbook. You may be able to substitute ham for other meat in a recipe.