Holiday Meal Planning: How Much Ham Do You Need

Holiday Meal Planning: How Much Ham Do You Need

honey-glazed ham sliced on a plateWhen it comes to cooking for a crowd, nothing can bring down a meal quite like a shortage in the food supply. One entrée whose portions are particularly tricky to estimate is ham, especially since options like bone-in and boneless can throw off your guesswork. We consulted our Test Kitchen pros for foolproof serving sizes for groups of up to ten or more, designed for leftovers. Plus: we rounded up the best appliances to use when preparing each serving size.    


Ham Reference Chart

 Number of People  For 2-4 For 4-6  For 6-8  For 8-10  For 10+
 Amount of Ham*  1 pound – 2 pounds boneless   4 pounds – 6 pounds boneless 6 pounds – 8 pounds bone-in   8 pounds – 10 pounds bone-in  10 pounds+ bone-in
Recommended Appliance Slow Cooker, Countertop Oven, Toaster Oven Slow Cooker, Countertop Oven, Toaster Oven Slow Cooker, Countertop Oven, Roaster Oven Slow Cooker, Countertop Oven, Roaster Oven Roaster Oven, Slow Cooker

ham with a bone on a white plateIf you end up with leftovers, mix things up for the next day by turning them into a completely different meal. Leftover ham can be perfect for recipes that call for small amounts. For some great next-day meals, check out our recipes for Slow Cooker Chunky Loaded Potato and Ham SoupHam and Swiss Sliders and Eggs Benedict with Ham and Roasted Asparagus.

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