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Master Ham Recipe

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I wanted to share with you the recipe for a perfect Monte's Ham. Over the years, we've tweeked and improved our cooking method until we think we've got it down to simplicity itself. You'll need to cook your Monte's Ham for approximately two hours for our Boneless Half Ham and three hours for our Whole Bone-In Ham.

Monte's Ham is pre-cooked. But you need to bring its internal temperature up and you want to achieve the perfect mahogany glaze. You don't want to overcook or dry out your ham so don't let it go above 145 degrees. Stick the thermometer deep into the ham to get an accurate reading.

Unwrap your ham and run it under cold water For the whole ham, remove the tough outer skin but leave as much fat as you can. For the half ham, there's no need to remove the skin.

Take a very sharp knife and score your ham making 1/2 inch deep slits about 1 1/2 inches apart. Then take the knife and score the ham forming a diamond pattern. The cloves will be added later at the intersection of each diamond.

Pre heat your oven to bake the ham at 325 degrees. Take out your roasting pan and cover the bottom with aluminum foil to make clean-up much easier.

To make sure your ham will not dry out, add liquid to the roaster. At least a 1/2 cup of water, white wine or stock should be added to the pan.

Now put your ham on a rack in the roasting pan and put it in the oven. Let the ham 'open up' so that the glaze will sink deep into the ham. Cook the half ham for 1 hour, the whole ham for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Then remove it from the oven, stud it with cloves at the intersection of each diamond.

Now brush on Monte's Ham Original Glaze and put the ham back in the oven for 30 minutes. Brush more glaze on every thirty minutes for a total of an hour and a half. You can increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees for the last half hour to really get the glaze that deep mahogany color.

For the ham to be juicy, it needs some time to rest like any other piece of meat. Let it sit for about 20 minutes once it's out of the oven.

I hope you enjoy every delicious bite of your Monte's Ham. And do try our recipes for other delicious dishes you can make with your Monte's Ham.