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Hammin’ It Up

No matter how you slice it, country ham is synonymous with the South.

Often considered to be a holiday and Derby tradition in Kentucky, country ham is a variety of cured and smoked ham known for its savory salty flavor.

Kentucky country hams are typically salt-cured for one to three months, and then aged anywhere from several months to a couple of years, depending on the meat’s fat content. Country hams are not fully cooked, but instead are preserved by the cure.

What once was typically served thick cut as a breakfast or dinner entrée with a side of red-eye gravy, is now also seen sliced paper thin and served charcuterie style in many Louisville homes and restaurants.

Country ham is also the perfect complement to serve with Beaten Biscuits, another Southern culinary tradition.

You can find country ham as an appetizer, entrée ingredient or sandwich on the menus throughout Louisville.

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Cottage Inn
570 Eastern Parkway
Louisville, KY 40217
Served the old-fashioned way since 1929, a big fried slab with two sides.

Morris’ Deli
2228 Taylorsville Road
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 458-1668
Sit at the counter and enjoy an old-fashioned country ham sandwich, dressed as you ike it. (Hint: add a smear of pimento cheese!)

Garage Bar
700 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 749-7100
The country ham platter is one of the best ways to start a meal in the city. The red-eye aioli with Blue Dog bread on the side is inspired!

Jack Fry’s
1007 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 452-9244
Minced country ham in red-eye gravy tops the shrimp & grits appetizer at this legendary Louisville eatery dating back to 1933.

Pat’s Steakhouse
2437 Brownsboro Rd.
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 893-2062
The city’s original old-school steakhouse serves up two thick-cut slices with sides like buttery lima beans, creamed cauliflower and crispy hash-browned potatoes.

983 Goss Ave.
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 290-2390
This gastro-pub in Germantown serves their ham on with a fried egg and carmelized onions.

Kentucky Derby Museum Café
704 Central Ave
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 637-1111
This ham-filled wonton appetizer includes a bourbon mustard sauce.

Plehn’s Bakery
www. plehnsbakery.com
3940 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 896-4438
This St. Matthews institution has been serving country ham, pimento cheese and benedictine at its deli counter since 1924.