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Ham is definitely one of the staple items in a traditional festive holiday meal. There are a good number of ways you can cook it – but you could have a little dilemma just how to cook it to make it special. Personally, I prefer to glaze the ham with fruity and sweet glaze, I find that it enhances the smoked flavour very nicely.I have included recipes here for you to be able to choose one that will most appeal to your taste – enjoy!
Ham with Pineapple
- 1 (12 pound) bone-in ham
- 1/2 cup of whole cloves
- 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
- 1 (20 ounce) can of pineapple rings in heavy syrup
- 1 (4 ounce) jar of chopped maraschino cherries
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle of lemon-lime flavoured carbonated beverage
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
- Place ham in a roasting pan.
- Score the rind of the ham with a diamond pattern.
- Press a clove into the centre of each diamond.
- Drain the juice from the pineapple rings into a medium bowl, and stir in the brown sugar and lemon-lime soda.
- Coat the ham with this mixture.
- Arrange the pineapple rings over the outside of the ham.
- Place a maraschino cherry in the centre of each pineapple ring, and secure with a toothpick.
- Bake uncovered for 4 to 5 hours, basting frequently with the juices, until the internal temperature of the ham is 160 degrees F. Be sure the meat thermometer is not touching the bone.
- Remove toothpicks before serving.
Honey Glazed Ham
- 1 (5 pound) ready-to-eat ham
- 1/4 cup of whole cloves
- 1/4 cup of dark corn syrup
- 2 cups of honey
- 2/3 cup of butter
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
- Score ham, and stud with the whole cloves.
- Place ham in foil lined pan.
- In the top half of a double boiler, heat the corn syrup, honey and butter. Keep glaze warm while baking ham.
- Brush glaze over ham, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven.
- Baste ham every 10 to 15 minutes with the honey glaze.
- During the last 4 to 5 minutes of baking, turn on broiler to caramelize the glaze.
- Remove from oven, and let sit a few minutes before serving.
Sugar Glazed Ham
- 1 (12 pound) ham, rump portion
- 1/2 cup of whole cloves
- 1 cup of packed brown sugar
- 4 cups of water, or as needed
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place ham in a roasting pan, and press whole cloves into the top at 1 to 2-inch intervals.
- Pack the top with a layer of brown sugar.
- Pour enough water into the bottom of the roasting pan to come to a 1-inch depth.
- Cover the pan tightly with aluminium foil or a lid.
- Bake for 4 1/2 to 5 hours in the preheated oven (about 22 minutes per pound), or until the internal temperature of the ham has reached 160 degrees.
- Make sure the meat thermometer is not touching the bone.
- Let stand for about 20 minutes before carving.
Cherry Glazed Ham
- 1 (10 pound) fully cooked whole ham
- 1 cup of cherry preserve
- 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
- 1/3 cup of toasted slivered almonds
- 3 tablespoons of water
- Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Place ham on a rack in a shallow baking pan.
- Bake, uncovered, in a 325 degrees F oven about 1-1/2 hours (or until thermometer registers 140 degrees F).
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan combine the cherry preserves, vinegar, corn syrup, and spices.
- Cook and stir until boiling.
- Reduce heat; simmer two minutes.
- Stir in almonds.
- Remove from heat.
- Put 3/4 cup of the glaze to the side.
- About 15 minutes before the ham is done, spoon some of the remaining glaze over the ham, basting occasionally.
- Remove from oven; place on a heated serving platter.
- Stir the water into the reserved 3/4-cup glaze; heat and serve along with the ham.
Hope you enjoy having these recipes – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences – your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!