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This month we are featuring

Baked ham


Southern favorite.

It’s economical and versatile; a cut of meat that goes farther than almost any other.

After the initial meal, additional meals can be enjoyed with the remaining ham. And finally, you can put the ham bone, with meat still on it, in the crock-pot with dried beans and you’ve got one last meal! This  delicious southern treat is served with hot cornbread. Below, you’ll find our cooking directions for a perfect, juicy ham and suggestions for side dishes.

Cooking Directions for Baked Ham

Choose a Gwaltney, (if possible) Smoked Ham, Butt Portion, Ready-To-Cook. This is just our favorite. If you can’t find this brand, use Carolina Pride or other good ham.


Preheat the oven to 350º. Remove packaging and place hamfat side up in a 2-inch deep roasting pan. We find the broiler pan is just the right size. Put the ham directly in the pan. Add 1 cup water to the pan and cover tightly with foil.(important). Bake ham until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham, not touching the bone, reads 148º. We find that  about 17 minutes per pound is perfect. Just be sure and stop cooking it when the thermometer reaches 148º, otherwise it will be too dry. Let ham rest 5 minutes before slicing

Side Dishes:


Starch:  Old Fashioned Potato Salad*, German Potato Salad*, Brown Rice*, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Oven Roasted Small Red Potatoes, Favorite Mac & Cheese*, Scalloped Potatoes*, Hash Brown Casserole, Corn Pudding*, Squash Ritz Casserole*


Green Vegetables: Spinach Casserole, Steamed Cabbage, Turnip or Collard Greens, Broccoli Casserole, Steamed Broccoli, Green Beans, Asparagus


Fruits: Sautéed Apples*, Applesauce, Canned Peach or Pear Halves with a spoonful of mayonnaise or cottage cheese in the center, Jars of Chilled Fruits, (found in the grocery produce dept)


Also: Tossed Green Salad, Bean Salad, Deviled Eggs, and Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches*


Breads: Favorite Southern Cornbread*, Sour Cream Biscuits*, Easy Cheese Biscuits*, Muffins


I’m sure you have your favorites…almost anything goes with ham!  Many of the recipes for these accompaniments can be found on this website. They are the ones with the * after them. Just click on Recipe Archives and check out the various months listed there.

Have a wonderful Spring

Sweet Potato Arithmetic:

16-oz. can sweet potatoes =

2 cups cooked & mashed.


29-oz. can sweet potatoes =

2½ cups cooked & mashed.


32-oz. can sweet potatoes =

3 cups cooked & mashed.

Always “plump” raisins before adding to a recipe. Soak raisins in very hot water for about 15 minutes; drain well & pat dry with paper towels. This softens them.
Cooking for Two?  Most casseroles can be divided in half. Mix the complete recipe, divide between two 1-1½ -qt. baking dishes. Bake one; freeze & label the other with complete directions for baking.
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