I’ve never been a big fan of ham. It’s often salty, seldom tender, and quite frankly boring. About the only thing going for it is that it’s a pre-seasoned hunk of meat that will feed a lot of people, which is probably why it’s been a popular choice for parties.
If you can get past the salt though, ham does have an incredible amount of flavor locked up in the meat, which is why I like using it in soups and stocks. One way to quell the salt is to braise it in a sweet liquid.