A whole ham usually shows up on Christmas or Easter tables, but ham doesn't have to be saved for special occasions. When you cook with ham steaks, slices or cubes, you can make everyday sandwiches, soups, pastas and more that much better. Ham can add subtle smoky, salty flavor to a dish without a lot of hassle. F&W's guide to ham has you covered for everything from a labor-intensive Christmas spread to a quick weekday lunch idea. Find recipes for glazing whole hams, using up holiday leftovers or adding ham to a classic breakfast dish.

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Guinness-Glazed Ham
Rating: Unrated
A simple glaze of dark stout and brown sugar develops a malty, caramel-like bittersweetness in the oven. Irish ham is a bit less salty than American ham and has a thin layer of fat, which absorbs the flavors of the glaze.
Saba-and-Dijon-Glazed Easter Ham
Rating: Unrated
We’re switching up the traditional sugar-crusted holiday ham by using saba, a sweet and slightly acidic syrup made from cooked-down grape must (similar to aged balsamic). We bake the ham on a bed of carrots and shallots so the drippings flavor the vegetables in the oven.    Slideshow: More Easter Recipes 
How to Make the Best Holiday Ham Ever
This ham has unlimited leftover potential. Add it to this incedible strata the next time you need brunch for a crowd. 
Spiced Brown Sugar Ham with Apple Jus
Rating: Unrated
The secret to this supertender ham is keeping it wrapped in foil while it’s cooking and resting, letting it reabsorb any moisture released during the cooking process. “If you can’t pick up the foil-wrapped ham without burning yourself, then it’s not done resting!” says pork pro Kevin Gillespie, chef at Revival in Decatur, Georgia. Slideshow: More Ham Recipes 
Ham Salad Recipes
Ham salad sandwiches made with mayo, celery and mustard have been around for decades. To make this standard lunch a bit more interesting, we like to add lots of fresh herbs like parsley, dill and chives, and top the sandwiches with peppery arugula, thinly sliced tomatoes and slices of creamy avocado. We also like to add smoky ham to green salads along with pickled okra, rye bread croutons and warm lentils. Whether you're looking for a revamped ham sandwich or a comfort food-style salad, these recipes are perfect for any occasion. Here, our best recipes for ham salad.
DIY Honey-Baked Ham
Honey-baked hams are impressive, and who doesn’t love the leftovers? You can order a honey-baked ham, but we like to make our own DIY version. First it’s basted with apple juice, then it’s glazed with a sweet-spicy mix of brown sugar, honey, honey mustard, black pepper and cayenne. For a sweeter ham, omit the cayenne. For a more savory one, use Dijon mustard in place of the honey mustard and add a pinch more of both black pepper and cayenne. Slideshow: More Ham Recipes 

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Our 13 Best Leftover Ham Recipes
If your holiday dinner has left your fridge stocked with ham, don't fret! We've compiled a list of leftover ham recipes that will help you ensure none of it goes to waste. Holiday ham can be turned into dishes like Smoked Ham Hock and Lentil Soup, Buttermilk Ham and Cheese Biscuits, and a Polenta Dutch Baby with Ham and Swiss. Read on for even more delicious ways to use leftover ham. 

Pomegranate-Jalapeño-Glazed Ham

Rating: 5 stars

At Akasha in L.A., chef Akasha Richmond prepares a sweet-and-spicy glaze for ham using house-made pomegranate-jalapeño jelly. An easier alternative: doctoring store-bought jalapeño jelly with pomegranate juice. More Holiday Recipes