I love to writhe about southern food since I grew up in VA and you get the best food in the south. I now live in Southern CA so I just have to live without some of my favorites until my next trip to VA. So today I want to tell you about the most delicious ham in the world. Now some will disagree with that statement and it may be that you have to acquire a taste for this ham, I grew up eating this so I have always loved it. The ham is Smithfield Ham and it is a VERY salty country ham.
So you may wonder what makes a Smithfield ham a Smithfield ham. Well the ham has to be raised and cured in the town of Smithfield VA. The process includes a lot of salt and the ham must age for at least 6 months. When you eat this type of ham it will be like none other you have had. My favorite way to eat this ham is to slice it as thin as possible. My father would always get one as a gift from one of his clients every Christmas and I can remember him spending at least an hour slicing it. Place a thin slice of ham on a small roll (for me not a biscuit, though many prefer this) some butter and heat it in the oven, temp 350.
Then serve hot. If someone knows about this ham they will love it. You should soak the ham overnight before cooking. Cook the ham then slice, and then place on the roll with butter and heat to melt butter and warm roll.
Of course now you can order this wonderful food online and it will be delivered to your home so you no longer have to live in VA to enjoy.
Try one at your next party. After writing this I can’t wait to order one and have a party.