Also known as fresh pork leg, fresh ham is purchased before it′s smoked and cured like traditional ham. Available bone-in or boneless, fresh ham is available whole or halved. With a texture and flavor more like pork loin, fresh ham cooks up crispy and delicious. Roast it slowly for a delicious, succulent ham that′s perfect for a holiday occasion or casual night at home. Before roasting, score the fat and brine in a solution of brown sugar, bay leaves, garlic and peppercorns. Roast the ham starting with a high heat, then lower it near the end of cooking time for a crisp, flavorful skin.
Fresh ham is perfect for feeding a crowd, as a halved ham weighs between 7 and 12 lbs.