Mom's Diner

December 24, 2011

Country Ham – A Virginia Tradition

Filed under: food, ham, Home Meals, Surry County, VA — Tags: , , , , — momsdiner61 @ 11:48 pm

Some things are timeless, like a country ham in Virginia at Christmastime. Start with an Edwards country ham, smoked with hickory in Surry County and aged for 6 months. Steam it in your enameled ham boiler, placing 12 cups of water in the bottom of the pan and then placing a rack in the bottom to keep the ham elevated. Seal with a tight fitting lid or foil and place in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat thereafter to 325 degrees and bake until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees. Allow to rest about an hour. Remove the skin from the top, coat with brown sugar, and place pineapple rings on top (secured with skewers or tooth picks). Place in oven at 350 degrees, basting with the melted sugar until golden. Remove from heat and cool. Serve thin slices plain, on biscuits, on toast with poached eggs and Bernaise sauce, on a sandwich, or any other way you choose. There simply is no wrong way to enjoy a Virginia country ham! When you see those luscious red slices coming off of the ham slicer, there is no doubt that Christmas is here!

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