Jazzing Up Your Holiday Ham|
by Brenda Hyde
Tired of the same old boring ham made with that scary looking red glaze out of a jar? Try these simple and easy ham glazes to perk up your Easter ham.
Ham is part of many of our holiday dinners. This year why not jazz it up with a new sauce or glaze? They are easy and inexpensive, but can add that extra touch to your holiday meal. Remember, always cook your ham slowly and only for the time suggested. A 325 degree oven is the standard temperature for cooking ham to avoid drying out.
The following recipes give you a wonderful choice of toppings for your ham.
Maple Glazed Ham
4-6 pound fully-cooked ham
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup maple or maple flavored syrup
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Insert cloves into ham. Bake uncovered 1-1 1/2 hours until temperature reaches 140 degrees. While ham is baking, combine brown sugar, syrup and mustard; spoon over ham during the last 1/2 hour of cooking. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
Honey Ham Glaze
1 cup honey
1/2 cup orange juice
4-5 pound ham
Bake ham 30 minutes for every pound at 325 degrees. Combine ingredients in a small bowl. The last 45 minutes baste with glaze several times.
Cherry Ham Glaze
1 jar (12 ounce) cherry preserves
1/4 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3 tablespoons water
In a saucepan combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes; stirring frequently. About 15 minutes before your ham is done, spoon 1/4 to 1/3 cup glaze over ham. Repeat is desired. Stir water into remaining glaze; heat through and serve with ham.
Sage and Apple Ham
1 cup apple cider or juice
Rub dried sage over the entire ham. Place in roasting pan; add cider or juice. Bake according to directions on ham; basting occasionally with juice. The last 20 minutes of cooking spread a thick coating of apple jelly over the surface of the ham.
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