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Hammin' It Up For The Holidays

Posted November 11, 2014

Photo ofHammin' It Up For The Holidaysby Tender Belly

Hammin’ it Up for the Holidays

Hark! The season of last-minute gift shopping, awkward holiday parties and underwhelming potluck dinners is upon us. But luckily you have a new trick up your apron this year: mouthwatering, festive and very versatile holiday ham.

Ham is downright unmatched for the holidays – and for a couple of tried-and-true reasons:

It can be used in so many ways, from a glorious spiral-cut entrée to ham sandwiches, in mac ‘n’ cheese and as a BFF to the scalloped potato.

It’s potluck-friendly. Unlike a few other popular holiday mains (we’re looking at you, duck), ham is delicious at pretty much any temperature. So rest assured that it can stand the test of time at your four-hour family gatherings.

Um, everyone loves ham. Because it’s delicious.

Ham for the Holidays

Ready to take this season’s festivities up to 11? For your next get-together, try one of our favorite holiday recipes starring Tender Belly ham:


3-Ingredient Baked Ham + Cheese Rollups: Here, ham makes its debut in the appetizer food group, with an oh-so-simple recipe your guests will happily devour. (These are also perfect for all your hammy leftovers!) Try it out here.


Riesling-Peach Glazed Ham: The light, sweet flavor of Riesling and peach preserves shake up the typical maple-glazed ham in this unique recipe. Use a bone-in spiral cut ham from Tender Belly for fall-off-the-bone deliciousness.


Crock Pot Honey-glazed Spiral Ham: The ultimate in easy entrées. Simply place a Tender Belly spiral-cut ham in your crock pot with four on-hand ingredients: apple and orange juice, brown sugar and honey. Cook for up to eight hours, brushing with glaze occasionally, and then dig the heck in. Get the details here.


Scalloped Potatoes and Ham: This classic recipe has creamy sauce, tender ham and enough potatoes to feed your entire family—but you’ll probably want to make extra for yourself.

Ham at Home

After another successful shindig is done, use your delectable leftovers to whip up some post-party comfort food:


Cheesy Ham Biscuit Pull-Aparts: Talk about leftover-licious. These gooey ham biscuits are quick and easy, and a delicious way to make sure every bit of leftover ham gets eaten up.


Monte Cristo Sandwich: The ultimate comfort sandwich showcases ham, gruyere, plenty of butter and mayo, and your choice of powdered sugar, honey or fruit preserves. Break out your comfy pants, and make it if you dare.


Leftover Hambone Soup: Embrace “scratch cooking” the easy way with this quick and hearty soup. Just be sure to save your hambone and about 1.5 cups of leftover ham.

Ham mac and cheese

Ham Mac ‘n’ Cheese: This recipe is a must for cold winter nights. Pasta, milk, cheese and ham, together at long last.

For more holiday ham-spiration—like quiche, casserole and kabobs, oh my!—visit our Pinterest page.