A boiled ham dinner is made by cooking a ham, vegetables and seasoning together in a savory broth. The dinner can be prepared in a Dutch oven on the stove or in a Crock-Pot. Fresh bread or dinner rolls are typically served along with the boiled ham dinner.
A boiled ham dinner is prepared by washing, peeling and chopping four to six large potatoes and placing them in the bottom of a Dutch oven or Crock-Pot with 2 cups of washed and drained baby carrots. A 2 to 3 pound ham is placed on top of the carrots and potatoes and then covered with 2 cups of chicken stock and 6 cloves of peeled garlic. One head of cabbage, cut into wedges, is placed around the ham.
The Dutch oven is brought to a simmer, covered and cooked on the stove for 1 to 2 hours or until the ham is tender and the cabbage is soft. A dozen pearl onions are added during the last 20 minutes of cooking.
When a boiled ham dinner is cooked in a Crock-Pot, it is cooked on low for 6 to 7 hours. A dozen pearl onions are added during the last hour of cooking. Traditionally, the boiled ham dinner is served with the sauce on the side and with fresh bread or dinner rolls.