The whole family gathered round the table and someone carving a large joint of meat is what Christmas dinner is all about. A beautiful ham as the centre piece of your Christmas table will get everyone in the festive spirit and this recipe for honey baked ham could be the meal for you this holiday period. There are also a number of side dishes that work really well with ham and they include asparagus, green beans and garlic mashed potatoes.
This recipe uses orange juice in the glaze but you can use apple or pear juice instead. It also says to find a pan and line it with foil but to make your life easier you can just buy a disposable roasting pan and throw it away afterwards meaning less washing up. That is if you can find one large enough to fit your ham! The cooking time will all depend on the size of ham. If you are not sure how long to cook it check on the packaging as this should tell you all you need to know.
The glaze caramelised over the skin is what makes the ham look and taste so good. If you want it even more browned you can brush on a bit more glaze with a little more brown sugar in it and then (carefully) go over the ham with a small kitchen blowtorch; only try this if you are confident you will not burn it!
Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 35 minutes
- 1 whole 5-10lb pre-cooked spiral cut ham
- 1 stick of butter
- ½ cup of brown sugar
- ¼ cup of honey
- 1/8 cup of orange juice
- ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- Find a pan large enough to hold the ham and all its juices and line it with a few sheets of thick tin foil.
- In a double boiler or heavy, non-stick saucepan combine the butter, brown sugar, honey, orange juice, cinnamon and cloves. Cook on the low heat until all ingredients are evenly mixed and the butter has melted.
- Place the ham into the roasting pan and brush with the warm glaze just prepared in the saucepan.
- Bake the ham for between 1 and 1.5 hours depending on the size. Every 15 minutes brush on a little more glaze. Make sure you keep a check on the ham to ensure the glaze doesn’t burn.
- When cooked leave to rest for 15 minutes before carving.