How long does it take to cook a ham for Easter dinner and what size ham should you buy so there is enough for all of your guests? Whether you choose a spiral ham, whole cooked ham or a whole bone-in fresh ham, the cooking time depends on the weight and type of ham you are serving.
Before you shop for your Easter ham, make your guest list so you know how much ham to buy. The USDA recommends that you allow for ¼ - ⅓ lb. per serving of boneless ham or ⅓ - ½ lb. of meat per serving of bone-in ham.
If you’re having a crowd over for Easter, a 10 pound ham should feed between 20 to 25 people, but that is all dependent on how many servings each person has. On average, you should get about 3-4 servings per pound of bone-in ham and a bit more if you serve a boneless ham.
Ham Cooking Times
Whether you are cooking a fresh ham, spiral ham or heating up a bone-in ham, click here for cooking times so the main attraction at your Easter dinner table will be perfectly cooked.
What should you serve with your holiday ham? Lemon roasted asparagus is a delicious side dish that roasts up in minutes under your broiler. Impress your guests with this easy recipe for garlic sliced baked potatoes, a nice change from traditional baked potatoes. Try using sweet potatoes instead for a colorful and healthy change of pace.
Of course, every great meal needs a salad. Toss some mozzarella, tomatoes and basil together with some olive oil or make a traditional garden salad to go with your meal.