Published March 1, 2001.
For a flavorful, succulent fresh ham recipe worthy of a holiday table, we purchased a shank end with the skin on and scored the fat. Then we brined the ham in a solution flavored with brown sugar, garlic, bay leaves, and black peppercorns. Starting the ham at high heat and finishing at low heat gave us a crisp, flavorful skin and tender meat. We finished our fresh ham recipe with a sweet—but not too sweet—glaze.