Cuban Style Fresh Ham
Recipe courtesy Julio Vila & Foodnetwork.com
Prep Time: 15 min? / Inactive Prep Time: 12 hr 0 min
Cook Time: 4 hr 0 min
Level: Easy / Serves: 12 to 14 servings
1 cup sour orange juice (or 4 ounces orange juice and 2
ounces each lemon and lime juices)
1 head garlic, peeled and crushed
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 (10 to 12-pound) fresh ham
Mix together the juice, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, and water. Put the ham into a large bowl or leak-proof plastic bag and pour over the marinade. Let soak in the refrigerator overnight. (Or let the marinade steep for 1 hour, strain it, and inject it directly into the ham using a marinade injector; wrap and refrigerate the ham overnight. Use any leftover marinade for basting.)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Remove the ham from the marinade, reserving the marinade, and pat dry. Strain the marinade into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Put the ham fat side up into a roasting pan and cook it for about 25 minutes per pound or until the internal temperature registers 155 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Baste the ham with the marinade every 20 minutes or so. Remove the ham, cover it with foil, and let it rest for about 15 minutes. The temperature will continue to rise to 160 degrees F. Slice and serve.
Cuban Ham Spread
"A wonderful spread for parties. Reminded me of the spread
my family used to make from Cuba."
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 3 hr 10 min
Makes: 2-1/2 cups or 20 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
2 cans (4-1/4 oz. each) deviled ham
1/4 cup Sweet Pickle Relish
1/4 cup Finely chopped drained pimientos
Black pepper, to taste
MIX cream cheese and mayo in medium bowl until smooth and consistent.
ADD remaining ingredients; cover. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.
SERVE as a spread for your favorite crackers.
Spread onto bread slices that has had the crust removed (instead of crackers). Cut into finger sandwiches or pinwheel to make bocaditos