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Country Ham – So Simple and So Delicious

Earlier in the week, I shared a recipe from a cookbook, 300 years of Carolina Cookbook.  As I was browsing through the book that was created and published by the Junior League of Greenville, South Carolina, I saw the recipe for Virginia Country Ham.  A country ham is cured in salt and absolutely one of my favorites.  We usually have country ham for breakfast Christmas morning every year.  I don’t recall ever seeing a recipe for preparing a whole country ham in the oven.  The recipe does not include the size of the ham but I have seen them in the grocery store and they average around 5 to 7 pounds each.  I can just imagine how wonderful your home would smell from the preparation of this ham.

country ham

Country ham is definitely a wonderful Southern tradition and has to be one of my all time favorites. I can remember my Grandmother and parents talking with such passion about that wonderful slice of country ham for breakfast.  By the way, a Virginia ham is a country ham from Virginia.  As I write this, I am on my way to meet my friend Dixie for breakfast at Cracker Barrel.  Hmmmmmmmm, will I be eating country ham?

As we have become so health conscious as far as our eating habits are concerned, I am not sure country ham would be  a favorite today.  I do think this recipe illustrates how Southern cooks of the past created such wonderful meals with such simple ingredients. Let the tradition continue.

Happy Mothers Day to everyone and thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

4 responses »

  1. Growing up we always cured all our own meats and ham was one of my favorites.

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  2. My father came from a southern West Virginia coal town and whenever we would drive to visit my grandmother, we would stop in a little restaurant in Fancy Gap, right on the Virginia border, so we could have country ham. Thanks for the lovely memory and I’ll have to look for that cookbook. Hope breakfast was yummy!

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