Wednesday, January 5, 2011

40 clove ham

i find it curious that
some of the biggest insults we toss about
 malign an animal 
that brings such great pleasure
things like

don't be a pig
he's swine of the worst kind
this place looks like a pig pen

are part of our common vernacular

rather than
being nasty about the plucky porcine
we should be saying things like

your skin has the milky creaminess of caul fat
and honestly,
who doesn't think 
is a beautiful name for a girl

wandering the grocery store
looking for inspiration for our new year's eve buffet
i found a ham
on sale, no less
and couldn't resist
the swine song
of a
well spiced
lightly sweet
mouth-watering salinity
of the
ham of my dreams
40 clove ham
(printable recipe)
10 lb bone-in ham (cooked or uncooked)
1/4 cup pork spice rub--my recipe here...or use your favorite
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbs spiced rum
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
juice of 1 orange
2 Tbs cider vinegar
2 tsp pork spice rub
40 whole cloves
cut diamonds into the pork fat and rub with spice rub. randomly stud with the whole cloves.  bake for 1 hour in large roaster on a rack.  baste each 30 minutes with sauce.  bake at 350 until thermometer reads 145 (if using a cooked ham) or 160 (if using an uncooked ham).  let rest 20 minutes.  slice and eat

* a cooked ham will take about 15-18 min per pound. an uncooked ham will take about 18-22 minutes per pound.  you do not want a canned ham for this. this is meant to resemble a honey baked, or spiral ham...but i think this is much better a quite cost effective.


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