Good country ham is a delicacy that deserves to be in gourmet company. Abstractdrycured hams, such as country hams, are popular in the southeastern united states, where the colonists exploited the weather to. Smithfield olde world cure country hams are smoked and dry salt cured like the genuine smithfield, but only aged for 36 months a process used by the indians and colonial virginia settlers. Ham, in hebrew according to the table of nations in the book of genesis, was the second son of noah and the father of cush, mizraim, phut and canaan. Clifty farm country meats 1500 us641 paris, tn 38242. The winners for best country ham sandwich in virginia are in. Celebrating country ham s culinary past and its continued close ties with life across americas south, this text discusses the lore and history of country ham, and explains buying, preparing and over 70 recipes are included for country ham and its accompaniments. Country hams are seasoned and then slowly smoked, giving them an intense flavor. Click to see the winners for best country ham sandwich in virginia, chosen by the readers of 10best and usa today.
Just seven million country hams are sold annually in the united states, but with increased interest in artisanal and local foods, the current love affair with anything pig, and the explosion of internet mail. Used as a method of preservation from before widespread refrigeration, country ham is packed in a mixture of salts, sugar, and spices and allowed to cure for a long period of time, sometimes months, and often smoked afterwards. Country hams are generally favored in the southern states, probably because its intense flavor goes so well and the saltiness offset with fresh biscuits. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. The country ham book jeanne voltz university of north carolina.
Harvell to write the country ham book, a short and excellent introduction to one of americas great native. They also dish up some of the most mouthwatering recipes ive seen. The country ham book kindle edition by voltz, jeanne. Dry cured with salt and other natural ingredients and aged to a rich intensity, true country ham boasts a flavor and texture that puts the more common wetcured ham, which is soaked in brine or injected with a salt solution, to shame. Jean anderson, author of the american century cookbook from the inside flap. The result is a more subtle, milder flavor that still retains our distinctive countrycure taste. The dry, chewy, slowcured stuff is growing fast as a premium delicacy sliced raw or crudo in the manner of prosciutto, according to the new book, country ham. Country ham is a strong, salty, drycured product produced primarily in virginia, north carolina, tennessee, kentucky, and missouri. The kentucky native spent 11 years in restaurant operations before leaving the kitchen to write about food. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.
Ogden nash, in the savannah cook book 1933, by harriet ross colquitt. Jan, 2014 the best ham salad recipe only requires a food processor, mayonnaise, celery, onion and perfectly combined seasonings. The alcohol really penetrates the fat and digs into the palate, breier said. Having only read about country ham before, but otherwise being quite fond of all things pork, i wanted to give it a try. A country ham has to do with the process on how the ham was made. Book overview good country ham is a delicacy that deserves to be in gourmet company. Upon completion of the project in august youth are rewarded with one 1 of the two 2 hams that they have cured. Bourbon and ham, is that a pairing you would expect.
We write, talk and wax poetic about cured country ham, and we teach clients how to make it, prepare it in recipes, and even pair it with many. Bill newsoms aged kentucky country hams in princeton, ky. About this recipe if theres one thing that symbolizes a christmas meal, its ham. Party rolls mix softened butter with dijon mustard. Nov 23, 2019 baked country ham is the centerpiece of a proper holiday meal in many parts of the southand a culinary achievement comparable to chinas thousandyearold egg. With the country ham book, jeanne voltz and elaine harvell fill a huge void in our knowledge of american cooking. Finchville farms has the best cooked country ham that you will find. Soaking a cured ham causes the salty meat to absorb water, thereby softening the ham and preventing excessive dryness. If the vacuum seal is broken while under refrigeration the ham will need to be used within a week or frozen.
Country hams are the quintessential dish of the south. The designation country ham first appears in print in 1944, referring to a method of drycuring and smoking developed in the rural regions of virginia, kentucky and other nearby states. Cook sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Dry cured with salt and other natural ingredients and aged to a rich intensity, true c.
Jeanne voltz a copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. These carefully prepared hams make for the perfect gift or flavorpacked centerpiece for a special meal. Used as a method of preservation from before widespread refrigeration, country ham is packed in a mixture of salts, sugar, and spices and allowed to cure for a long period of time, sometimes months, and. Uncooked country ham slices edwards virginia smokehouse. Seemed very well researched and covered a variety of areas. Jeanne voltz and elaine harvell discuss the lore and history of country ham. Dry cured with salt and other natural ingredients and aged to a rich intensity, true country ham boasts a flavor and texture that puts the more common wetcured.
To make it even more special this coming holiday season, why not try this baked country ham recipe yourself. Remove from pan and add about 12 cup water or black coffee. Country ham is a drycured, almost always smoked, aged ham. Hams less than 400 days old are generally cooked by the pervasive traditional method of soaking in water for a period of 12 to 48 hours. Country ham is a variety of heavily salted ham preserved by curing and smoking, associated with the cuisine of the southern united states. This book celebrates country hams colorful culinary past and its continued close ties with life across the south. The smokier the ham such as bentons smoky mountain country ham, the better it paired with a rye whiskey or highrye bourbon. The country ham finds its roots in china and european drycured hams such as chinas jinhua and yunnan hams, italys prosciutto. One dry cured country ham will enhance family and party menus throughout the. In fact, theres a story in jim kokoriss book, the big man of jim beam, in which booker brought one of his smoked hams to a fine restaurant in chicago.
Harvell 1999, paperback at the best online prices at ebay. When developing our country ham recipe, we focused on the soaking and cooking method. Ham country is a genealogical and historical page researching the ham or hamm surname in early virginia and north carolina. Best country ham sandwich in virginia winners 2017 usa. Bourbon gets its smokiness via temperature fluctuations that move it into and out of the barrels char layer. Country ham is the name for the third batch of bookers bourbon in 2019. Fully cooked, completely boneless bursting with southern hickory flavor. The other ham may be purchased by the youth or are sold to community members to help pay for the project. Im a sucker for killing a plate of prosciutto at a dinner party, but thanks to our guest steve coomes, weve discovered a new love for country ham. The bible refers to egypt as the land of ham in psalm 78. Saltcured by hand and smoked with natural hickory wood, these country hams are aged to a rich mahogany color. Food writer steve coomes of oldham county provides some insight in his latest book, country ham.
Country ham and potato bake is pure southern comfort food. Once you start cooking this country ham hash, the inviting aromas will have your sleepy overnight guests hurrying down the stairs and into the kitchen. Country ham with red eye gravy saute country ham slices in a hot skillet. Simmer about 3 minutes, while stirring to collect drippings. Country hams best country hams smithfield marketplace. Mar 01, 2015 food writer steve coomes of oldham county provides some insight in his latest book, country ham. In fact, theres a story in jim kokoriss book, the big man of jim beam, in which booker brought one. On a recent trip to north carolina, i was at a pork store where they sold many forms of country ham.
Insider restaurant writer steve coomes publishes book on country. Delicious chunks of ham, bathed in a rich cream sauce under a melted layer of cheese is great for brunch or dinner. This process takes several hours in order to remove most of the salt. If not to be used within 28 days, freeze for up to 6 months. The term now refers to this style of ham preservation rather than a specific location, though a smithfield country ham, perhaps the bestknown brand of american. Few things are as timeless and southern as a country ham. Watch me prepare this country ham with cloves, brown sugar, pineapples and cherries. Clifty farm country hams country hams, barbecue, bacon. Boneless, fully cooked country ham that delivers real hickorysmoked flavor and is convenient to serve. Hams descendants are interpreted by flavius josephus and others as having populated africa and adjoining parts of asia.
The dry, chewy, slowcured stuff is growing fast as a premium delicacy sliced raw or crudo in the manner of. The fattier the ham, such as denhams 2yearold mountain ham the better it paired with a highproof bourbon, like bookers. Apr 26, 2016 country ham and potato bake is pure southern comfort food. The dry, chewy, slowcured stuff is growing fast as a premium delicacy sliced raw or crudo in the manner of prosciutto, according to. Rather than buy a whole ham, i bought a vacuumpacked selection of slices. Pour a 18th cup of water in the bottom of a frying pan over medium heat. Gone are the days of considering it a bluecollar staple that is too often overcooked, squashed between biscuit halves or served swimming in redeye gravy. Jean anderson, author of the american century cookbook. Country ham with beer and molasses from i hear america cooking. For the truest southern dining experience, try our uncooked country ham or genuine smithfield ham. The discussions with the premier country ham makers was great.
Virginiastyle hams should be cured for seven days per inch of cushion depth see figure 3a, or one and a half days per pound of ham. Apr 11, 2010 on a recent trip to north carolina, i was at a pork store where they sold many forms of country ham. Premium country ham steaks blue ridge mountain cured by rays country ham in stock on may 29, 2020. You know, to show them how real ham was supposed to taste. Also, record the date to remove hams from cure on the calendar, as shown. The best ham salad recipe only requires a food processor, mayonnaise, celery, onion and perfectly combined seasonings. The genuine smithfield ham is a worldfamous country ham aged, smoked, and dry cured with salt for 612 months.864 1676 715 269 286 936 1607 205 132 1007 694 848 1127 1444 981 813 1345 1101 317 651 1057 896 1239 637 221 1407 446 166 27 609 239 70