Serve this delicious GLAZED OVEN-BAKED HAM for your next holiday get-together! Everyone will love it!
This GLAZED OVEN-BAKED HAM is one of my favourite recipes to prepare. It’s especially perfect whenever you need to serve a large group of hungry dinner guests. You can make this pretty much any time but I especially like serving it on holidays. It’s perfect whenever friends and family gather.
There are a few tools I’ve come to rely on when making this recipe: a large stockpot (read on to find out why), a heavy-duty roasting pan and a carving set. I’ve listed my favourites in the AMAZON links below should you wish to purchase.
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One final thing to mention – your cottage or home is going to smell amazing. Nothing quite whets the appetite like the aroma of baked ham.
Here are some of the key steps to making a perfect GLAZED OVEN-BAKED HAM:
This recipe is for a smoked and cured 12lb. bone-in ham. I’ve had great success using organic, pasture-raised pork from a local Mennonite farm northwest of Toronto. I appreciate the way they humanely raise their animals, free of antibiotics, hormones and artificial supplements. If you can, track down a ham prepared in this manner.
BOILING THE HAM
Whenever someone asks me how to cook a smoked ham, I always suggest getting a large STOCKPOT for this boil-then-bake method. Boiling the ham coaxes the sodium from the meat while returning moisture at the same time. This important step is the key to a surprisingly tender and juicy ham. It’ll cut like butter.
STUDDING WITH CLOVES
I love the “old-school” look of clove-studded ham, complete with that time-honoured diamond-shaped scoring. The cloves add a fragrant aroma and spiced flavouring to the sweet and tangy glaze. Some folks like to remove the cloves before serving, but I never do. Oh, I just love biting into a clove as I enjoy the ham – such unique and memorable flavours.
ADDING A GLAZE
I pulled out all the stops in creating this baked ham glaze, and it’s by far my most popular. I used a blend of three different mustards to add layers of interesting flavours. The addition of honey and brown sugar gives the sauce an inviting, glossy look. Of course, the flavour of the glaze is what really counts.
I’ve been in many kitchens and thought I’d heard every secret ingredient to pour over baked ham, from orange juice and grape juice to white wine and beer, and even ginger ale and Dr Pepper! So what did we add? Apple cider vinegar to create a wondrous, tangy sweetness on this easy-baked ham. We made this recipe using a deep, thick-bottomed roasting pan – love it!
Two final thoughts on this gorgeous, never-fail recipe: if you plan to enjoy it for a holiday dinner or big get-together, serve up simple sides that best complement the smoky flavour of a perfectly prepared ham. Try this recipe with our SIMPLE SALAD and BUTTERED VEGETABLES. We also recommend these creamy GARLIC MASHED POTATOES, SPICED LIME GINGER CARROTS, SAUTÉED BRUSSELS SPROUTS, and our favourite condiment for ham, this SPICED APPLESAUCE. Yum!
Another suggestion, don’t forget to have sandwich buns and a favourite cheese at the ready, you’ll need them for leftovers the next day.