Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter 2009

Any recipe that involves a trip to the Hardware Store, is all right by me

City Ham
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown

1 city style (brined) ham, hock end*
1/4 cup brown mustard
2 cups dark brown sugar
1-ounce bourbon (poured into a spritz bottle)
2 cups crushed ginger snap cookies


Heat oven to 250 degrees F.
Remove ham from bag, rinse and drain thoroughly. Place ham, cut side down, in a roasting pan. Using a small paring knife or clean utility knife set to the smallest blade setting, score the ham from bottom to top, spiraling clockwise as you cut. (If you're using a paring knife, be careful to only cut through the skin and first few layers of fat). Rotate the ham after each cut so that the scores are no more than 2-inches across. Once you've made it all the way around, move the knife to the other hand and repeat, spiraling counter clockwise. The aim is to create a diamond pattern all over the ham. (Don't worry too much about precision here.)

Tent the ham with heavy duty foil, insert a thermometer, and cook for 3 to 4 hours or until the internal temperature at the deepest part of the meat registers 130 degrees F.

Remove and use tongs to pull away the diamonds of skin and any sheets of fat that come off with them.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. [200° C, maybe Aud?]

Dab dry with paper towels, then brush on a liberal coat of mustard, using either a basting brush or a clean paint brush (clean as in never-touched paint). Sprinkle on brown sugar, packing loosely as you go until the ham is coated. Spritz this layer lightly with bourbon, then loosely pack on as much of the crushed cookies as you can.

Insert the thermometer (don't use the old hole) and return to the oven (uncovered). Cook until interior temperature reaches 140 degrees F [half of above, AB], approximately 1 hour.

Let the roast rest for 1/2 hour before carving.

*Cook's note: A city ham is basically any brined ham that's packed in a plastic bag, held in a refrigerated case and marked "ready to cook", "partially cooked" or "ready to serve". Better city hams are also labeled "ham in natural juices".

Serve with nothing less than a Dopplebock. My Big Beer of choice this month has been Flying Fish Exit 4; an American Trippel. Combined with the ginger and sugar of the ham-crust [plus honey-mustard sweet potatoes and garlic-bacon green bean cassarole (Yeah, I can cook!)] it's a good pint.

Matching Tie & Handkerchief

The Exit Series is a multi-year collection of extremely limited release beers celebrating the great state of New Jersey. Each beer will focus on the unique aspect of an individual exit, whether it's an ingredient, attitude or weird event. The releases won't follow a pattern, instead, they'll bounce around the state as the whim strikes us.

For the first release, we chose Exit 4--right up the street from the Flying Fish brewery. Because we were one of the first craft brewers to embrace Belgian-style beers, we've chosen as our representative beer, a Belgian trippel finished with plenty of American hops.

This inspired Belgian-style Trippel has a hazy golden hue and the aroma of citrus with hints of banana and clove. Predominant Belgian malt flavors give way to a subdued bitterness in the finish. Bottle conditioned, this beer will develop as it ages.

To find out more, head over to

1 comment:

Audrey said...

That ham sounds so nice, with the ginger and brown sugar. If I was at all house trained, I'd give it a go!
We've been drinking Stone's alcoholic ginger beer this last week. It tastes just like ginger beer but has a kick. Can see why alcopops are a problem for young folk!!