Virginia State Dish (Recipe)
Baked Ham (Official State Meat)
Smithfield hams are a local specialty Virginians like to enjoy as often as possible. Slices of ham are fried for breakfast or layered in sandwiches for lunch, and chopped ham seasons the evening vegetables. The starting point for all that, though, is a baked ham. Virginia hams need to be washed and soaked to remove excess salt. The final baking process is usually just long enough to give the ham an impressive-looking and flavorful glaze. Though some Virginians glaze ham with cola, most stick to the basic brown sugar or honey-and-fruit combination.
Recipe Serves 16
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