Around the holidays when families are gathering for a big meal to celebrate, ham will generally will make an appearance on the dining room table. I get a lot of questions about cooking times and temperature for ham, suggested recipes and glazes. Here is a brief guide for ham basics.
Most hams are fully cooked, however, the flavour and juiciness are enhanced by additional cooking. Roast in an uncovered pan at 3250F (1600C) for 15 minutes per lb/0.5 kg or until a meat thermometer registers 1400F (600C). If desired, brush or coat with a glaze during the last 15-30 minutes.
To roast a small formed ham piece, place it cut side down in a small roasting pan. Add a small amount of water or fruit juice like apple or pineapple. Cover loosely with foil and roast at 3250F (1600C) for about 1 hour or until heated through.
Laurel Lyons, PHEc, is Special Events Coordinator for Manitoba Pork.