Herb-Crusted Fresh Ham

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 45m
Ready In

"This ham is an Easter favorite. You may be surprised to see lavender listed as an ingredient in this herb crust. Although very commonly found in desserts, lavender-especially sweet English lavender-is an incredibly versatile herb for savory cooking. Be sure to use only pesticide-free, food-grade leaves and blossoms from an organic farmer's market or online. Lavender from florists, spas, or home decor stores are probably not appropriate to eat. The key to cooking with lavender is to start out with a small amount of flowers, and add more as you go. A little amount of the sweet, perfumed herb is wonderful, but adding too much lavender to your recipe is much like eating a bar of soap. A little goes a long way."

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (463.7 g)
  • Calories 744.7
  • Total Fat - 38.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 263.1 mg
  • Sodium - 5803.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 10.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.1 g
  • Sugars - 0 g
  • Protein - 84.6 g
  • Calcium - 36.5 mg
  • Iron - 4.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 4 mg

Step 1

To prepare the ham, in a small bowl, combine the thyme, rosemary, tarragon, and lavender.

Step 2

Season the ham with salt and pepper and rub the herb mixture all over the ham then set aside to marinate and come to room temperature, 30-45 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350º.

Step 4

Place the herb-crusted ham in a roasting pan and bake approximately 25 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 150º on an instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone, 2 - 2 1/2 hours.

Step 5

Remove from oven to a rack and tent the ham loosely with foil and let stand until the center of the ham registers 155 - 160º, 25-30 minutes.

Step 6

Meanwhile, to make the sauce, pour the pan drippings into a fat separator; remove and discard the fat.

Step 7

Transfer the drippings into a small saucepan to make the jus.

Step 8

Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil over high heat.

Step 9

Decrease the heat to medium to keep warm until serving; taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.

Step 10

Once the ham has rested, transfer to a cutting board, carve, and serve with jus on the side.

Tips & Variations

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WOW! 10 stars for this. Great flavor and cooking time was right on, giving us a very juicy fresh ham. I used herbs from the garden, except the lavender, which I have in bloom now, but had to buy the dried flowers. I am going to use this blend on a roast chicken also. Thanks for this keeper!

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(11 Jun 2014)