Jazzing Up Your Holiday Ham

Jazzing Up Your Holiday Ham
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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

Whole cloves

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 ham

dried sage

1 cup apple cider or juice

apple jelly

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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About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at Harvestmoongazette.blogspot.com.


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