03/15/2017 06:01 am ET Updated Mar 22, 2018

How Much Ham To Buy Per Person For The Holidays

Don't overdo it.
Silces of a holiday ham.
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Silces of a holiday ham.

Ham is a popular holiday meal. If you’re hosting this year, deciding to cook a ham is easy. What’s not so simple is figuring out how much ham you need to buy.

This year, make sure you get the right amount so that everyone is happy ― and you’re not drowning in leftovers. Lucky for you, the answer is simple.

Courtesy of Sam Sifton from the NY Times, this is what you need to know: You should have:

3/4 to 1 pound of bone-in ham per person


1/2 pound of boneless ham per person

(The bone adds weight to a ham, but remember, it can’t be eaten.) 

Now that you know how much to make, and you’re sure how to cook the ham you’ve got, here are a few ham recipes to get you feeling inspired.