Ham, the versatile meal

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Ham in style: Among the many dishes that ham can be used with is a ham taco, seen here with lots of fixings. | Photo by napsnet.com

Ham is not just for eating in slices or making into a sandwich. It can be used in anything from omelets to soup. Here is one recipe suggestion from the Kentucky Legend Ham Hotline:

Ham tacos

Ingredients:

Two to three cups Kentucky Legend Ham, finely diced

One cup chopped onions

One tablespoon olive oil

One cup mild prepared salsa

One teaspoon ground cumin

Directions:

Sauté onions in olive oil in large skillet until soft. Add ham, salsa and cumin; heat through. Place in hard or soft taco shells; add fixings (lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, jalapeños) and serve.

Learn more:

You can find more advice about ham and great recipes at www.specialtyfoodsgroup.com.

Serving up a delicious ham for the holiday table can be easy and stress-free. That’s especially true when you can get help from the experts on standby at the Kentucky Legend Ham Hotline: (866) 343-5058 — open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, from Nov. 8 through Dec. 30. They can even offer some creative ways to prepare any leftovers.

How to ham it up

Their top ham prep tips include:

Allow 1⁄4 to 1⁄3 pound per person if the ham is boneless; 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 pound for bone-in hams.

Most hams are precooked (read the label) and require only gentle reheating at 325 degrees F to an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.

Score the ham before you place it in the oven by making crisscross cuts with a sharp knife about 1⁄4-inch deep, then add a delicious glaze during the last 30 minutes of cooking/reheating time.

A word from an expert

Anyone can prepare a delicious ham, especially with the help of the hotline, said Diane Morgan, author of more than 16 cookbooks. “Ham is a very versatile choice for the holiday table. And the leftovers can be used in endless ways, from sandwiches and omelets to easy and economical casseroles and soups.”

How come a ham hotline?

Launched in response to the many calls received regarding ham preparation, the Kentucky Legend Ham Hotline is the first hotline dedicated just to ham. From ham selection and preparation to carving and serving up leftovers, the hotline is there to help.

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