Spin-off from the Turkey Thread: How do you do your HAM?

  1. Some people prefer ham at the holidays. I have a ham glaze recipe that rocks, and was a hit at my dh's company Thanksgiving party last year. Here it is (it's so simple)

    1 Bone-in Ham, Butt or Shank Portion Ham, or Half Ham


    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup maple syrup
    1 cup honey
    1 teaspoon ground allspice
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon ground cloves
    1 teaspoon ground mustard (in a pinch, regular jar mustard does work)
    1/2 cup orange juice

    ( I also like to grate just a bit of orange zest into this glaze)

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    Prepare:
    Prepare and heat ham according to directions.
    Meanwhile, to prepare glaze, combine remaining ingredients in a bowl, whisking well----- and set aside. ( I like to heat it up slightly on stove top, just makes it easier to spread on ham)

    Brush glaze on your ham 30 minutes before meat is done. Heat ham uncovered for final 30 minutes.

    well, what do you think?
    How do YOU do your holiday ham?
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Nov 16, '05
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Some people prefer ham at the holidays. I have a ham glaze recipe that rocks, and was a hit at my dh's company Thanksgiving party last year. Here it is (it's so simple)

    1 Bone-in Ham, Butt or Shank Portion Ham, or Half Ham


    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup maple syrup
    1 cup honey
    1 teaspoon ground allspice
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon ground cloves
    1 teaspoon ground mustard (in a pinch, regular jar mustard does work)
    1/2 cup orange juice

    ( I also like to grate just a bit of orange zest into this glaze)

    ***********************
    Prepare:
    Prepare and heat ham according to directions.
    Meanwhile, to prepare glaze, combine remaining ingredients in a bowl, whisking well----- and set aside. ( I like to heat it up slightly on stove top, just makes it easier to spread on ham)

    Brush glaze on your ham 30 minutes before meat is done. Heat ham uncovered for final 30 minutes.

    well, what do you think?
    How do YOU do your holiday ham?
    Woo hoo! I know what I'll be cooking for x-mas.

    Thanks Deb
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    You will LIKE it, but NOTE, is it not for low-carb folks!!!!!!!!
  5. by   UM Review RN
    OK, mine's a bit different.

    1 can sliced pineapple, reserve the juice
    1 jar maraschino cherries, reserve the juice
    1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    Whole cloves

    1 ham, bone in

    Score the ham in 1" intervals around and across (it'll look like a graph paper grid when you get done).

    Pour the juice from the pineapple and the cherries off into a bowl. Using the whole cloves, stick each slice of pineapple to the ham, using the cherries for the center (again, stick them to the ham with the cloves). Also, stick the cloves into the ham wherever the grid intersects.

    Mix the brown sugar and the juices together so that it forms a fairly thin syrup. Before you put the ham into the roasting pan, put about 1/2 cup of water in the bottom of the pan. Arrange any remaining pineapple and cherries around the ham. Baste the ham with the brown sugar mixture before you put the ham in the oven and also as it cooks at 350 degrees. Bake it about 20 minutes per pound or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.


    You can make a sweet gravy out of the pan drippings, too.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Nov 16, '05
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    You will LIKE it, but NOTE, is it not for low-carb folks!!!!!!!!

    Ain't counting cals/carbs that day :roll
  7. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    How do I do my Ham?

    I buy a honey-spiral cut ham at "Heavenly Hams"! :chuckle

    I'll save your recipes though, maybe someday I'll give them a try.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    YOURS sounds WONDERFUL Angie!
  9. by   moonchild20002000
    I do my ham like Angie.

    Your recipe sounds wonderful..can't wait to try it.

    I usually cook a Smithfield or country ham..they are salty and the meat needs to be sliced thin. I don't know if this is a southern thing or other areas eat country ham.
  10. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    YOURS sounds WONDERFUL Angie!
    Thanks!

    This year, I'm going to try yours, Deb, because my husband finally confessed to me that he absolutely despises cloves ("those stick things"). He won't notice the ground kind.

    But he adores mustard and honey, so I think I'll surprise him with a new recipe.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from Fun2Care
    How do I do my Ham?

    I buy a honey-spiral cut ham at "Heavenly Hams"! :chuckle

    I'll save your recipes though, maybe someday I'll give them a try.
    HEY those work!!!! They are good.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    Thanks!

    This year, I'm going to try yours, Deb, because my husband finally confessed to me that he absolutely despises cloves ("those stick things"). He won't notice the ground kind.

    But he adores mustard and honey, so I think I'll surprise him with a new recipe.
    let me know what he says, Angie!
  13. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    I had actually never cooked a ham before until a week ago... I had bought one that said "Smoked" so I figured it was cooked already, was bringing it into work until dh stopped me (thank goodness!). I cooked it slow and mixed up brown sugar with the juice from a can of mandarin oranges and a can of sliced pineapple and brushed it on the ham every 20 minutes or so. I didn't have a recipe, so I sorta did it by feel, but I also poked deep holes in it so the brush-on mixture would go in it. It turned out AWESOME! Had a wonderful flavor, my dh says it is the best ham he ever tasted (and I know he's not just saying that because he ate about 2/3 of it over the next 3 days! That's literally all he'd eat, a plate of ham!). I don't have a recipe, but I shoulda written it down. it was about 1/4 cup brown sugar, half the juice of an 8oz can of oranges, and about 1/4 of the juice from a can of sliced pineapple (12oz can I believe). Anyway, it turned out sooooo good, he's made me promise to make it again for Christmas!

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