Baked ham
Created by Michel Nischan
Serve baked ham, instead of smoked ham. "It's moist and juicy, and your salt and sugar intake is dramatically reduced! Plus it's a big roast, so you can carve it—the ceremonial carving is important." — Michel Nischan
Servings: Makes 12 servings
  • 2 cups blanched whole almonds
  • 1 shank-end fresh ham (about 12 pounds), trimmed and tied
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 ripe pineapples , peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 medium Vidalia or other sweet onion , sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 1 cup   loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • Directions
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Roast almonds on a large baking sheet until browned, about 12 minutes.

    Season ham with salt and pepper; place in a roasting pan large enough to hold while leaving room for pineapple and onion. Roast ham until it reaches an internal temperature of 140°F, about 2 hours and 40 minutes. Pour off fat from pan, leaving any browned bits. Add pineapples and onion, increase temperature to 400°F, and roast until ham reaches an internal temperature of 165°F and pineapples and onion begin to brown, about 50 minutes longer. Transfer ham to a warm platter, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let stand 15 minutes.

    Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium heat, toast coriander seeds until they smell like oranges, about 2 minutes. Cool completely and process in a spice grinder until coarse, or crush using the back of a spoon.

    Transfer pineapples and onion to a large bowl. Stir in almonds and coriander, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Add cilantro, and toss gently until combined.

    Carve ham and shingle slices against salad.


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