How to Bake a Ham for Easter Dinner
- Article Author: Salvatore Cesareo
Want to learn how to bake a ham for Easter dinner and think it is difficult? Don’t worry; it’s very easy to learn how to bake a ham. In fact any baked ham recipe is probably the simplest choice for your Easter Dinner.
An Easter ham dinner is also one of the least time consuming and cheapest holiday dishes to prepare.
Before actually learning how to bake a ham it is important to make sure that you buy and defrost the ham in time before starting to prepare it. Depending on the size of your ham it will probably take a good 24 hours. The easiest and safest way to defrost the Easter Ham is in the microwave though you can also run it under cold water for a couple of hours in case you forgot to take it out of the freezer in time.
There are some techniques on how to ‘bake’ a ham that are actually more like boiling but worth considering. This involves cooking your Easter ham dinner in a bag often filled with liquid to keep it moist and juicy. One popular baked ham recipe for this style of cooking that adds a new twist is to fill the bag with coca-cola. This could be a big hit if your guests are coke fans though the taste isn’t for everyone.
Bake a Ham for Easter Dinner is Easy:
- Make small cuts in the skin and insert cloves of garlic or other seasonings to add extra flavor to the meat. (Though many chefs will claim that this lets out too much juice).
- Baste frequently.
- If it begins to dry simply cover it with aluminum foil.
- Plan on allowing approximately 20 minutes per pound while cooking your Easter ham dinner at 325 degrees
- Make sure that the ham is “done” by checking the core temperature when hits 160 F.
- Compliment it with a Easter Bellini Cocktail
Learning how to make a honey baked ham:
- Simply prepare a mixture of honey and brown sugar.
- Add a dash of pineapple juice to thin it a little
- Coat your ham just before it is done for a nice glazed look and superb flavor.
Other choices for flavoring your Easter ham dinner:
- Mustard and brown sugar coating..
- Cover the ham with your favorite flavor preserve: cherry, raspberry or apricot all work great.
- Cook the ham with a little fruit juice, typically apple or pear for a richer taste and extra moist texture.
Whatever you do, have fun with your Easter ham dinner, you can’t really go wrong.