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.