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What do I do with a fresh ham ROAST

hopey1canobe Feb 24, 2010 12:43 PM

So, I was given a fresh (uncured) ham "roast" by a local farmer. It is a 2" thick slice from the pig's leg. What is the best way to prepare this beautiful cut?

I have seen a lot of talk about prep of a whole fresh ham but nothing about a slice of the ham. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  1. Quine Feb 25, 2010 05:57 AM

    ooooh nice gift. personally I really like garlic with this. When I do a fresh ham joint, I stud it with pieces of garlic cloves. And I do do a long slow roast to bring out the goodness. Since a farmer gave this to you, I would opt for a short brine and a pan roast. Since it is sorta thick, I would stud it with garlic pieces before the brine. I would not braise it, too many colors/notes. You want the pork taste totally.

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      fourunder Feb 25, 2010 05:50 AM

      I would suggest you use this for a slow braise. Normally, a whole fresh ham would require a low and slow roast to become tender, but a two inch slice in the oven may not reap the same benefits depending on your recipe. Using the cut with something like beans or root vegetables might make a nice stew type ragout dish on a cold winter day. It might make a nice addition to a Sunday Gravy sauce as well.

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        gastronomad Feb 24, 2010 01:30 PM

        I've never heard of this cut, but sounds like it could be prepared in a similar way to a pork chop? I'd recommend brining then pan-roasting or grilling.

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