Saturday, February 9, 2008

Bodacious Baked Ham

What's an eternity? Two people and a ham. Just Kidding!

This delicious take on baked ham makes for a tasty and moist ham which will please many a party giver and taker. Spicy and sweet its an easy alternative for a Sunday meal, serve with your favorite side dishes and corn bread. We had ours with Cilantro & Carrot Basmati Rice and fresh mixed salad. Yummylicious!

And who doesn't love a really good moist and tender baked ham?

  • 1/2 butt ham (6-7 pounds) - which has sat out of refrigerator for 30 minutes at least. You will want the chill off of the ham.

  • ***For Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/2-3/4 cup orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2-3 tablespoons "jerk seasonings"

  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard

  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (not salt)

  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic syrup (yes condensed balsamic vinegar - available at fine food stores or places like Turcos and Trader Joe's)

  • (Don't have any balsamic vinegar? - Use 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar then)

  • 5 tablespoons duck sauce (or 5 packets of duck sauce from your last time you went for Chinese take out)

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • ***Equipment Needed

  • roasting pan, tin foil (optional for easier cleaning), bowl, spoon, knife, one working oven at 325, one lazy Sunday afternoon with a crowd to feed.

  1. Take cured (pre-cooked) ham out of refrigerator and let chill come off of ham. Remove packaging and rinse under water. Remove any plastic.

  2. You will be cooking your ham 20 minutes per pound, so take notes on the amount of time you will need to bake your ham and when the ham should go into oven.

  3. Place ham onto cutting board.

  4. With knife, make 1/2" or less cuts on the diagonal all over ham. Then going in other opposite direction, make additional cuts so that a "diamond" pattern is now on your ham.

  5. See photo for reference.

  6. Put ham flat side down onto tinfoil that you have lined your roasting pan with.

  7. Place in oven at 325 degrees.

  8. In bowl, add all ingredients for glaze, stir till well combined.

  9. Go about your business for one hour. Yes, go on now...

  10. Return to kitchen and open up oven door.

  11. Carefully, pull out rack that has the ham roasting and spoon glaze all over ham.

  12. At this point, every twenty minutes, you will want to put more glaze on ham until ham has completed its roasting time.

  13. You can up and increase the heat in the oven, to crisp up glaze should you think the ham needs it for the last twenty minutes.

  14. Take ham out of oven and let rest 20 minutes.

  15. Call peeps to table and place ham up on its side onto a serving platter. Call up your favorite carver and slice up that ham!

  16. The crispy "diamonds" are now absolutely decadently Divaliscious!

Bodacious Baked Ham @ Group Recipes

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