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How Much Ham To Buy Per Person For The Holidays

Don't overdo it.
03/15/2017 06:01am ET | Updated March 22, 2018
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Silces of a holiday ham.

Ham is a popular holiday meal. If you’re hosting this year, deciding to cook a ham is easy. What’s not so simple is figuring out how much ham you need to buy.

This year, make sure you get the right amount so that everyone is happy ― and you’re not drowning in leftovers. Lucky for you, the answer is simple.

Courtesy of Sam Sifton from the NY Times, this is what you need to know: You should have:

3/4 to 1 pound of bone-in ham per person

or

1/2 pound of boneless ham per person

(The bone adds weight to a ham, but remember, it can’t be eaten.)

Now that you know how much to make, and you’re sure how to cook the ham you’ve got, here are a few ham recipes to get you feeling inspired.

1
Plum Sauce Glazed Ham
The Woks of Life
Get the Plum Sauce Glazed Ham recipe from The Woks of Life
2
Chipotle Pineapple Jerk Glazed Ham
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Chipotle Pineapple Jerk Glazed Ham recipe from Half Baked Harvest
3
Baked Ham With Honey Mustard And Apples
A Spicy Perspective
Get the Baked Ham with Honey Mustard and Apples recipe from A Spicy Perspective
4
Slow Cooker Cider Ham
Recipe Girl
Get the Slow Cooker Cider Ham recipe from Recipe Girl
5
Rosemary Citrus Glazed Ham
Creme de la Crumb
Get the Rosemary Citrus Glazed Ham recipe from Creme de la Crumb
6
Baked Ham With Brown Sugar Glaze
A Spicy Perspective
Get the Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze recipe from A Spicy Perspective
7
Maple, Dijon And Rosemary Glazed Ham
Miss in the Kitchen
Get the Maple, Dijon and Rosemary Glazed Ham recipe from Miss in the Kitchen
8
Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Ham
Oh Sweet Basil
Get the Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Ham recipe from Oh Sweet Basil
9
Lime-Glazed Ham
Fat Mum Slim
Get the Lime-Glazed Ham recipe from Fat Mum Slim
10
Blackberry Rum Glazed Ham
Steamy Kitchen
Get the Blackberry Rum Glazed Hame recipe from Steamy Kitchen
11
Glazed Baked Ham
Simply Recipes
Get the Glazed Baked Ham recipe from Simply Recipes
12
Christmas Cola-Baked Country Ham With An Irish Whiskey Rub
The Shamrock and Peach
13
Grilled Ham Steaks With Southern Kale Salad
A Spicy Perspective