Recipe Details

Spiral-Cut Ham with Slow-Roasted Asparagus and Lemon-Thyme Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 14 - 16

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

7-8 pound spiral-sliced smoked ham, bone-in
2 1/2 pounds asparagus
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely shredded
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, OR parsley, snipped

Cooking Directions


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place ham on rack in a shallow baking pan. Cover pan tightly with foil. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest portion (not touching bone) registers 135 degrees F. (about 15 minutes per pound).

Meanwhile, remove and discard woody stems from asparagus spears. Arrange asparagus in a 15 x 10 x 2-inch baking pan. Drizzle with cooking oil. Sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning. When ham reaches 135 degrees F., add asparagus to oven. Roast about 30 minutes more or until asparagus is tender and ham registers 140 degrees F.

For lemon sauce, in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan combine cornstarch, sugar, bouillon granules and pepper. Stir in water, lemon juice and lemon peel. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Cook and stir until mixture is bubbly. Cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in butter and snipped thyme or parsley.

To serve, slice ham. Serve with asparagus and lemon sauce. (Use remaining ham for sandwiches or another recipe.)

Serves 14 to 16.

Serving Suggestions

For a more elegant dinner celebration, this spiral-cut ham looks festive and tastes fabulous with the light citrus sauce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 287 calories
Protein: 27 grams
Fat: 14 grams
Sodium: 1503 milligrams
Cholesterol: 72 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 15 grams
Fiber: 2 grams

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Cured ham is leg meat that has been dry- or wet-cured. Hams are labeled according to the amount of water added to the ham during the curing process. Because the leg muscle is a well-exercised part of the hog, ham is surprisingly low in fat.


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COOKING BASICS: 1) Preheat oven to 325 to 350 degrees F. (for pork tenderloin, roast at 450 degrees F.). 2) Trim much of the exterior fat from the roast; if roast has no fat cover, rub the surface with 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil. Season roast with herbs and other seasonings, if desired. 3) Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. 4) Do not cover; place in oven and roast to an internal temperature of 150 to 155 degrees F. for medium doneness. 5) Remove roast from oven. Allow it to "rest" for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. This resting period allows juices to redistribute. Internal temperature will rise approximately another 5 degrees F.

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All varieties of cured ham are either boneless or bone-in. Bone-in hams are traditionally considered more attractive and boneless are considered easier to serve because of simplified carving. Bone-in hams are available in a variety of shapes - whole or as a shank or butt half. Boneless hams also are available in a variety of sizes.


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