The best and most delicious main dish that you can serve on any holiday table or celebratory gathering is a Honey-Glazed Ham, and this recipe is sure to be your go-to for feeding a crowd a scrumptious main course. This recipe is laced with the flavors or apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, zesty lemon juice, cinnamon, and whisky for a seasonal flavor flair that is sure to please all of your guests.
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup fresh ginger, coarsely chopped and peeled
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup golden brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup whiskey
- 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
- 2 oranges, zest removed in strips with peeler
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 2 celery stalks, cut into large chunks
- 1 onion, cut into large chunks
- 1 orange, cut into 4 wedges
- 1 (7 to 9-pounds) smoked cured spiral-sliced ham
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 185mins
Adapted from curtisstone.com
Combine all glaze ingredients in heavy medium saucepan and bring to simmer over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove pan from heat and steep for 15 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into small bowl; discard solids.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Place carrots, celery, onion, and orange wedges in bottom of heavy roasting pan. Remove all packaging from ham and discard spice-glaze package. Set ham on top of cut vegetables in roasting pan. Brush some glaze over ham. Cover ham (not roasting pan) with foil.
Bake until thermometer inserted into thickest part of ham registers 115°F, about 2 hours. Remove foil and brush ham with glaze. Continue to bake ham for another 30 minutes, brushing ham with glaze every 10 minutes. Glaze should be golden and caramelized and ham should be fully heated through.
Transfer ham to a carving board and let rest 5 minutes. Strain any pan drippings into small saucepan and skim off any excess oil. Stir remaining glaze into pan drippings and stir over medium heat until warm.
Set ham on platter and serve warmed glaze mixture alongside to drizzle over ham slices and enjoy.