Thanksgiving Ham

Thanksgiving Ham

Thanksgiving Ham


This Thanksgiving, offer guests an alternative to turkey. Ham is a lean, flavorful and delicious option that is a favorite with kids and adults alike. From refrigerator to oven, preparing a Thanksgiving ham is easier than just about any other main course option. Most hams available today are fully cooked and just need to be heated before serving.

Question: How does holiday ham compare with turkey in calories, fat and cholesterol?

Answer: Ham is a healthful option. Compared to turkey, ham comes out on top in terms of flavor and nutritional value:

Nutritional Information
Extra lean boneless ham, roasted, 3 oz. serving
Whole turkey, basted, with skin, 3 oz. serving
4.1 g
7.5 g
25 mg
69 mg
  • Preparation Tips:

    Purchase a boneless or already-sliced ham for your holiday table (this will help save time on the busy day)

  • Carving is easy! Spiral-sliced ham is ready-to-serve and tastes as good as it looks. Estimate three to four servings per pound for the meal. However, leftovers make great sandwiches.

  • Most hams are available fully cooked and just need to be reheated before serving. Follow the directions on the package; or heat in a 350 degree F. oven for 10-15 minutes per pound, until heated through or to an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.

  • If you buy a ham labeled “cook before eating,” it must be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

Suggested Recipes:
Honey Dijon Ham
Baked Ham with Honey-Apricot Glaze

Courtesy of the National Pork Board.

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