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Food & Drink

How To Cook A Precooked Ham

Glazes and slow cookers can work miracles on your Easter masterpiece.

If an Easter ham is the crowning glory of your table every spring, it may be time to dress it up in a better outfit this year.

Most holiday hams that Americans buy at the supermarket are known as city hams, which are precooked. They’re wet-cured hams that are technically safe to eat as-is, without even heating them up. Generally, all you have to do is this:

  • Cut the ham free from the package, cover it in foil and reheat it to a good serving temperature.
  • Cooking it at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes per pound should do the trick, depending on the type of ham (whole or half, bone-in or no bone ― these specifics are outlined here).
  • You just want to make sure the internal temperature has reached 145 degrees.

But you shouldn’t stop there.

Whether your precooked ham comes whole, half or spiral-cut, there are lots of delicious ways to jazz it up. The easiest ways are with a glaze or by giving it some time in the slow cooker. Below, we’ve got 11 recipes that give precooked ham new life.

1
Slow Cooker Holiday Ham
Damn Delicious
Get the Slow Cooker Holiday Ham recipe from Damn Delicious.
2
Rosemary Citrus Glazed Ham
Creme de la Crumb
Get the Rosemary Citrus Glazed Ham recipe from Creme de la Crumb.
3
Slow Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Ham
Damn Delicious
Get the Slow Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Ham recipe from Damn Delicious.
4
Cranberry Glazed Ham
Simply Recipes
Get the Cranberry Glazed Ham recipe from Simply Recipes.
5
Chipotle Pineapple Jerk Glazed Ham
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Chipotle Pineapple Jerk Glazed Ham recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
6
Slow Cooker Ham
Oh Sweet Basil
Get the Slow Cooker Ham recipe from Oh Sweet Basil.
7
Baked Ham With Brown Sugar Ham Glaze
A Spicy Perspective
Get the Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze recipe from A Spicy Perspective.
8
Cola-Pineapple Glazed Ham
Steamy Kitchen
Get the Cola-Pineapple Glazed Ham recipe from Steamy Kitchen.
9
Glazed Baked Ham
Simply Recipes
Get the Glazed Baked Ham recipe from Simply Recipes.
10
World's Best Brown Sugar Ham
Oh Sweet Basil
Get the World's Best Brown Sugar Ham recipe from Oh Sweet Basil.
11
Crunchy Southern Glazed Ham
Oh Sweet Basil
Get the Crunchy Southern Glazed Ham recipe from Oh Sweet Basil.
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