How to Bake Buzhenina

How to Bake Buzhenina

Serves: 10

Preparation time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 3 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients needed to make Buzhenina:

  • One (8-10 lb) shank-end fresh ham, bone-in, rind removed and trimmed while leaving only a thin layer of fat intact
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups light beer
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 whole cloves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ tbsp plain flour

Cooking instructions for Buzhenina:

  • Warm up your oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Make slashes onto the fat layer of the ham, using sharp knife, to make diamond patterns.
  • Sprinkle fair amount of salt and ground black pepper over it and rub all over the ham to season.
  • Place the brown sugar in a bowl and stir in mustard until well combined.
  • Drizzle it over the ham and spread evenly to coat well.
  • Position a rack in a roasting pan and place the ham on top of the rack, with its patterned sude facing up.
  • Pour a cup each of apple cider as well as beer over it and throw in the bay leaves and cloves into the pan.
  • Roast the ham in the hot oven for 20 minutes and lower the temperature to 325 degrees F before roasting it further for another 4 hours, brushing it with the cooking juice from time to time; cover the ham loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil to prevent it browning too much.
  • Remove the ham from oven, once it is cooked through and its temperature rises up to 155 degrees F.
  • Place it onto a wire rack, while keeping it covered with the foil and set aside for half an hour.
  • Drain out the cooking liquid into a saucepan and cook it over moderate heat.
  • Whisk in the flour until well combined and continue to simmer the gravy until it thickens considerably.
  • Carve thin slices out of the ham and arrange them onto the serving plates.
  • Drizzle the gravy over them and serve warm.

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