Succulent Crockpot Recipes for Ham
Ham is great for appetizers because once you have cooked a whole ham the way you want it, you can do anything you like with it. Perhaps you want to slice the ham and serve it with crackers or bread or maybe you want to use it in a salad recipe or as part of another appetizer. The following recipe combines ham with brown sugar and the sugar gives the ham a wonderful caramel crust. It also penetrates deep into the meat to give it a mouthwatering flavor. If you thought two ingredient recipes would be too simple to yield a good result, try the following crockpot ham recipe. You will not be disappointed. For a bit of extra flavor, add a few tablespoons of orange juice or pineapple juice to the crockpot and let your ham soak it up.
You will need a cured picnic ham for this recipe. It can be bone-in but boneless ham often gives a good result also. Do not use smoked ham because it will come out brown and mushy and you will not be able to use it. A dry-cured ham is a pig leg which is rubbed with salt and then left to cure. This is why you do not need to add salt to a lot of ham recipes. Serrano ham, prosciutto and country ham are all dry-cured varieties.
The curing “cooks” the meat so technically cured ham is uncooked. The salt wards off bacteria and acts as a natural preservative. Dry-cured hams have a stronger flavor and a saltier finish than wet-cured hams. Their texture is more coarse as well. Wet-cured hams are soaked in brine so they are similar to dry-cured hams in some ways. Use picnic ham for this recipe. This cut comes from the front leg, or shoulder, of the pig. If you are using spiral-cut ham you will probably need to reduce the cooking time.
- 8 lbs cured, bone-in picnic ham (don't use smoked ham)
- 2 cups brown sugar
- Fresh herbs, to garnish (optional)
- Spread 1 ½ cups of the sugar over the bottom of the crockpot.
- Put the ham in the slow cooker, flat side down.
- You might have to trim it a bit so it fits, depending on the size of the meat and the size of your crockpot.
- Rub the rest of the sugar over the ham using your hands.
- Cover and cook for 8 hours on low.
- Cut into thin slices and garnish with fresh herbs to serve.
- You can serve this hot or chilled.
Ham is a very simple idea but cooking ham with brown sugar in the crockpot results in a flavorful and versatile ham which you can use to make canapés or any other appetizer recipe you like. You can even serve the ham alone or with bread or crackers. A little mustard goes nicely with the ham and contrasts with the sweetness. The cooked ham will be bursting with flavor and if you like ham you will love this. Ham goes nicely with various ingredients like cheese or tomatoes and you might like to use some of the ham to make a tasty appetizer salad recipe. Whatever you do not use will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a few days and it is great to use the leftovers for sandwiches.
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