- Here's a bit of a tidbit, the spiral-slicing machine, patented in 1952 by Harry J. Hoenselaar. Hoenselaar found a clever way to mechanically navigate the ham bone, the bane of meat carvers through the centuries.
The spiral-slicing machine works by skewering a ham (or any other meat) vertically on spikes at top and bottom. A spring-loaded slicing blade cuts through the meat, stopping when it meets resistance from the bone. As the ham rotates, it gradually lowers on the spikes, creating the spiral. Hard to visualize? Watch the video below.
- 1 large onion, sliced
1 fully cooked spiral ham (7 to 9 pounds)
1-1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup red wine or additional chicken broth
In a small skillet, saute the onion in butter until tender; transfer to a roasting pan. Place ham on top. Pour the broth and wine or additional broth over ham. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2-3 hours or until a thermometer reads 140° and ham is heated through.