Ham Blanket

Julie Elwell


The ingredients are for a half a ham like a shank or butt end, so if you buy two, like we do (butt ends) and tie them together you will have to double the ingredients. What happens, the dough draws out the brine and adds the spices.

This is a great recipe for those who do not like the salty taste of a ham. It is one of our families favorites and wonderful memory maker too. Each Holiday, one of the
Grandchildren gets to crack the blanket with a hammer, Oh believe me the camera's are out and memories are being made.. I really hope who ever tries this has as many wonderful memories as we do.

★★★★★ 2 votes
whole family
30 Min
2 Hr


4 c
1 c
dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
ground cloves
2 Tbsp
dry mustard
1 Tbsp
black pepper
as needed fl

How to Make Ham Blanket


  • 1Mix together all ingredients well with a fork.
  • 2Next you will add enough water to make a nice stiff
    dough, like a pie dough.
  • 3Roll out on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick.
  • 4Lay in a pan large enough to hold the ham.
  • 5Place the ham in on top of blanket and pull up the dough so the ham is completely wrapped and sealed. If your dough is to wet it will not stay up on the ham so you will need to pat flour on to it and press it into place, keep adding flour and patting if you need to, it will not hurt it.
  • 6Bake about an hour to two or until the crust is dark and hard. (Crust is not for eating)
  • 7Let ham rest for half hour, before cracking. We let the children crack it with a hammer...
    Toss out the crust, it is not for any one or any thing to be eating.
  • 8After you remove the ham, if there is any juices in the pan, they make a wonderful red eye gravy.

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About Ham Blanket

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #ham, #blanket