Father's Recipes & Serving Suggestions

Fried Country Ham

Country Ham Slices

Sprinkle both sides of Country Ham Slices with brown sugar and black pepper. Brown both sides in skillet over low temperature. Cover for 5 minutes to tenderize.

Red Eye Gravy with Fried Country Ham

After ham is fried pour dripping into small bowl, add just enough hot water to skillet to dissolve residue, stir, let boil and pour into bowl. This is your red gravy, which is delicious on hot biscuits

Country Fried Ham

Ham should be sliced about 1/4 of an inch thick.Trim off rind and the dark outer edge of meat side. Do not trim off fat; this adds flavor in frying and no shortening is needed.Put slices with fat toward the center in medium hot, heavy skillet (340 degrees electric skillet), turning several times while frying. Warning: Do not over-fry, as it will become hard and dry. Fry about 4 minutes.If the ham is higher in salt content than desired, soak in sweet milk about a half hour before frying and add brown sugar while frying. The brown sugar adds color and flavor to the red gravy.

Fried Kentucky Ham

Recipe 1:
Slices should be 1/4 inch thick or less and uniform in thickness. Trim the edges slightly, removing the skin if this has not been previously Use any part of the ham. Place a small amount of fat in a heavy frying pan and preheat (medium heat). The fat may be lard, bacon drippings, or rendered ham fat. Place the ham slices in hot fat and cook slowly, turning frequently. The ham will be done when the fat portion around the edges is slightly brown. Do not overcook. Red Gravy: Remove the ham slices from the pan and pour off any excess fat, leaving only the brown residue. Add a little water and simmer about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour the red gravy over the ham slices as they are served.

Recipe 2:
Start ham steak in a heavy skillet, with just enough water to cover bottom of the pan. After the water has evaporated, allow the ham to brown on both sides. Place the ham on a platter, and add ½ cup of water to the pan. Simmer until the drippings of the meat and water have formed a golden brown natural gravy. Replace the ham in the gravy for a minute before serving, (Again, do not overcook). 

Baked Country Ham

Recipe 1:

Clean ham with hot water and stiff brush to remove mold; if mold is very heavy scrape with knife. Ham may be soaked overnight to help reduce salt taste. Cut off about 3 inches of hock, which may be used for seasoning in cooking other foods. Remove the skin (easier done after cooking while warm); weigh the ham in order to calculate cooking time.

Rub ham with spices or score with whole cloves, and then cover with brown sugar or pure honey, place ham in aluminum foil in cooking vessel, Pour one-quart water, ginger ale or other liquid inside the foil around the ham. Crimp foil with tight double fold and bake 30 minutes per pound at 250 degrees or until center of ham registers 170 degrees on a meat thermometer.

Take out of oven and leave in foil until cooled to room temperature. Discard liquid at the end of baking period. Ham may be glazed after removing skin. Glaze with brown sugar, ginger ale or fruit juices and spices, place back in moderately hot oven (400 degrees) just long enough to get a golden brown (about 15 minutes).

Recipe 2:

Place the cleaned, uncovered ham, skin side up, on a rack in an open pan.

Fill the space under the rack of a roasting pan with water to prevent excessive shrinkage. This should help keep your ham moist and tender.

Bake in oven at 300 degrees F until tender or until the center of the ham registers 170 degrees F on a meat thermometer. This will take about 25 to 30 minutes per pound for whole hams.

COOKING TIP: Use a meat thermometer to take the guesswork out of cooking time. Insert it till the bulb reaches the center of the ham and does not touch either bone or fat.

Once ham is thoroughly cooked, remove the skin, glaze (if desired), and serve.

Recipe 3:

Cut off about 3 inches of the hock, which may be used for seasoning other foods. Remove the skin (this may be done before or after cooking).

Mix together:

2 cups of water
1 cup orange juice
1-cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar

Rub the ham with spices of your choice (optional), place ham in aluminum foil, and pour the mixture above into foil.
Fold the foil tightly, place in a pan, and bake ham at 275 degrees F for 20 minutes per pound of ham.

Once ham is thoroughly cooked, pour out the liquid and remove the skin if this was not done before cooking. Glaze and serve.


Boiled Country Ham

Thick Sliced Country Ham

Cut ham slices 3/4 inch thick, trim off excess fat, if large slices, cut in half. Put 1/2 cup water in preheated slow cooker. Cover and cook 1-1/2 hours. The crumbs and liquid left in cooker will be your red eye gravy; you may add 1/2 cup coffee if not ample liquid.

Boiled Kentucky Ham

After the ham is prepared for cooking, place on a rack in a pan and cover with boiling water. One tablespoon of brown sugar or molasses per quart of water may be added. Simmer (do not boil) until the meat thermometer registers 160 degrees F. (The ham finishes cooking as it cools in the broth.) Insert the thermometer into the center of the ham so the bulb does not touch fat or bone and the tempeture scale is above the water. Cooking time is about 15 to 20 minutes per pound for whole hams. Let ham cool in the broth. Follow directions for glazing.

Boiled Country Ham

Put ham in lard can, hock end up, and cover with cold water. Put on stove and bring to a boil. Boil hard for twenty minutes. Remove from burner and place lid on lard can. Wrap can securely with anything that will retain the heat, such as burlap sacks, blankets, or fiberglass insulation. Be sure top and bottom of can are covered.Leave ham for twenty-four hours. Remove from can. Remove skin and excess fat as desired. Use your favorite glaze, and put in moderate oven for ten minutes. I use a dense mixture of dark brown sugar and ginger ale or fruit juices. Garnish with whole cloves

Combination Boiled & Baked Kentucky Country Ham

Simmer the ham (2 to 2 1/2 hours for a 12 to 14 pound ham), and then remove the skin. Blend together:
1-cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves.
Spread this mixture over the ham. Pour 1 cup of cider and 1 cup of sherry wine into the baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 250 to 300 degree oven for about 2 hours, or until nicely browned. Baste frequently.

Glazes & Sauces
After the ham is cooked, remove the skin and use your favorite glaze. Do not overcook ham or it will fall apart when carved. Use a meat thermometer to avoid overcooking or undercooking. Remove ham skin with a sharp knife. If desired, score the fat into 1- or 2-inch squares, and insert long-stemmed cloves into each square, or about every inch. Bake in a moderately hot oven (350 to 400 degrees F) about 20 minutes or until brown and glazed. Cover with one of the glazes given below.

Kentucky Ham Glazes & Coatings

  • Coat with a mixture of 1-cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons flour or 1/4 cup fine breadcrumbs.
  • Coat with brown sugar, and baste with the juice from picked peaches, fruit juice, or sweet cider.
  • Mix 1 cup drained, crushed pineapple with 1-cup brown sugar and spread over the ham. Baste often with pineapple juice while baking.
  • Coat ham with a thin layer of prepared mustard, then sprinkle generously with brown sugar.
  • While ham is baking, baste with strained honey. Maraschino cherry juice or chopped cherries may be added to honey.
  • Decorate top of ham with thin slices of unpeeled oranges, canned pineapple, or other colorful fruits.
  • Baste the ham while it is baking with a thick brown sugar syrup, honey, or fruits juices. To make brown sugar syrup, mix 1-cup sugar with 1/2 cup water and boil for 5 minutes.

Cream Sauce for Kentucky Ham Croquettes

1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/16 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk

Melt butter. Add flour, salt, and pepper. Add milk slowly, stirring constantly. Cook slowly to desired thickness, preferably in a double boiler.

Kentucky Bourbon Sauce

1 cup Florida Orange Juice
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Kentucky bourbon

In 1 qt. casserole dish, suspend cornstarch in orange juice with stirring. Microwave at high setting for 4 to 5 min. Remove and stir in remaining ingredients. Makes 6 to 8 servings.


Other Country Ham Recipes

Mother Lorene Gatton's Corn Pudding

4 Cups corn
6 eggs
2/3 Cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cornstarch
3 (1/2 pints) whipping cream
1 stick butter (melted)
1/2 tsp white pepper

Beat eggs in blender. Add salt, sugar and cornstarch and beat again.
Pour mixture over corn. Add melted butter and whipping cream, and stir mixture. Pour into a greased baking dish, and drizzle melted butter on top. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Father's Country Ham Balls with Sauce

2 lbs. ground Father's Country Ham (from scraps)
1 lb. pork sausage
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 eggs

Mix ingredients together and add enough milk to roll into balls.

Sauce for Father's Country Ham Balls

2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. Prepared Mustard
1 Cup Water
1 Cup White Vinegar

Mix together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour 1/2 or more over Father's Country Ham Balls and bake at 325 degrees until firm. Once ham balls are fully cooked, pour remaining sauce over ham balls.

Kentucky Country Ham Croquettes

2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cups ground Kentucky Country Ham

Melt butter and blend with flour. Stir milk in gradually. Cook until thick. Add ham and lemon juice. Cool thoroughly. Shape into croquettes. Roll in breadcrumbs. Dip in beaten egg. Roll again in bread crumbs. Fry in deep fat.

Father's Country Ham Omelet

2 or 3 eggs
2 tablespoons cooked & ground Father's Country Ham
1/4 teaspoon salt
pepper (to taste)
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon water

Beat eggs, water, melted butter 20-30 seconds, just until the yokes and whites are combined. Heat small skillet or omelet pan until medium hot (drop of water will dance on pan.) Add one tablespoon butter; when foam subsides, add eggs. When eggs are cooked on bottom side, sprinkle with Father's Country Ham. Then fold the eggs over like a French pancake and cook for a few seconds. You may sprinkle the omelet with more of the cooked ground country ham.

Country Ham Salad

1 package Father's ground country ham
1 cup salad dressing
1/2 cup sweet pickle salad cubelets
1 teaspoon pure prepared yellow mustard

Mix well. (Optional: You may use diced pimentos, water chestnuts, and chopped celery.) Ham salad is delicious toasted on rye bread. May be used on crackers and is very good stuffed in ripe tomatoes for a salad.


Cream Sauce for Croquettes

1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/16 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk

Melt butter. Add flour, salt, and pepper. Add milk slowly, stirring constantly. Cook slowly to desired thickness, preferably in a double boiler.