An enormous baked ham is likely one of the best issues to arrange for a vacation celebration. It’s economical—even a half-ham can feed a dozen folks with leftovers. Full hams usually go on sale the week earlier than the vacations, bringing the per-person price down much more.
There’s little or no in the way in which of precise cooking that should occur, which makes the prep quite a bit less complicated, too.
HOW TO CHOOSE A HOLIDAY HAM
You may have plenty of totally different decisions on the retailer for purchasing ham:
- Complete ham vs. half ham
- Shank vs. butt
- Unsliced vs. spiral lower
- Bone-in vs. boneless
- Absolutely-cooked vs. partially cooked or raw
For this recipe, and for many vacation events, we want an un-sliced bone-in half ham, ideally from the shank finish. A half a ham will comfortably feed a minimum of a dozen folks, and cooking it un-sliced implies that it’s much less prone to dry out. (Although see our ideas under for those who want to purchase a spiral-cut ham.) Bone-in hams are extra flavorful, and you need to use the ham bone to make soup.
Half hams are additionally both lower from the shank finish or from the butt finish. The butt finish might have extra meat, however due to the form of the bone at that finish, is tougher to chop. The hams pictured listed here are each from the shank finish.
Most hams you purchase on the grocery retailer are already totally cooked. In case your ham is cooked ham or an raw ham, it is going to say so on the bundle. Comply with the cooking instructions on the bundle to cook dinner. The instructions on this recipe are for an everyday, fully-cooked ham.
HOW TO PREPARE BAKED HAM
Since most hams you purchase are already cooked, all it’s a must to do is warmth the ham, and if you need, apply a easy glaze.
Put together the ham by scoring a diamond sample into the fats and pores and skin, taking care to not lower into the meat itself. This scoring will enable the glaze to soak into the meat and taste it.
Apply the glaze simply earlier than placing it into the oven to bake. Bear in mind, the ham is already cooked, so all we’re doing right here is warming it again up once more with the glaze. Use a meat thermometer and heat it to 110°F to 120°F.
To complete, baste the ham with its juices and put it underneath the broiler to brown the pores and skin. Then slice and serve.
ONE RECIPE, TWO GLAZES
For this recipe, my good friend Suzanne and I baked two hams, one with Suzanne’s favourite candy scorching honey mustard glaze, and one with an intriguing honey thyme glaze from an previous situation of Connoisseur journal.
We used common non-spiral lower hams, scored them first in a diamond sample, utilized a glaze, cooked, basted with glaze, and completed browning within the broiler. Each hams turned out fantastically.
TIPS FOR THE BEST BAKED HAM
Ham is straightforward to cook dinner, however listed here are some ideas to bear in mind to make sure your ham seems fantastically:
- Let it sit at room temp: It’s essential to let the ham sit at room temp for a few hours earlier than cooking, in any other case the within will nonetheless be cool when the surface is correctly heated.
- Don’t over-cook the ham: Many bundle directions say to warmth the ham to 140°F. That’s simply asking for a dry ham. Bear in mind, the ham is already cooked! You’re simply warming it up.
- In case you are working with cooked or raw ham, and never a ready-to-eat ham, comply with the cooking instructions on the bundle, most counsel cooking cooked ham to 150°F.
- If cooking a spiral-cut ham, wrap tightly in foil: In case you use an already sliced (spiral lower) ham and for those who don’t wrap it tightly sufficient with foil, the outer areas can dry out.
IDEAS FOR OTHER GLAZES
The 2 glazes we used are each honey-based, although you would use different issues for a sweetened glaze, reminiscent of pineapple juice, marmalade, or maple syrup. Additionally attempt our recipes for Cranberry Glazed Ham or Brown Sugar Glazed Ham.
Do you may have a favourite glazed ham glaze? If that’s the case, please tell us about it within the feedback.
STORING AND FREEZING LEFTOVER HAM
Leftover ham will preserve, properly wrapped, within the fridge for three to Four days. You may freeze it, wrapped and put in a ziptop bag or hermetic container, for three to Four months.
LOVE HAM? HERE ARE 5 MORE WAYS TO ENJOY IT:
Up to date December eight, 2019 : We spiffed up this publish to make it sparkle! No important modifications to the recipe.
Glazed Baked Ham Recipe
Most baked ham recipes name for heating the ham to an inside temp of 140°F. However you possibly can warmth it to a decrease temp, you simply need it to be heat sufficient to eat. The upper the inner temp, the extra danger there may be of drying out the ham. So the rule of thumb right here is 110°F to 120°F, however warmth it to a better temp if you need.
In case you are working with cooked or raw ham, and never a ready-to-eat ham, comply with the cooking instructions on the bundle, most counsel cooking cooked ham to 150°F.
Half hams are both lower from the shank finish or from the butt finish. The butt finish might have extra meat, however due to the form of the bone at that finish, is tougher to chop. The hams pictured listed here are each from the shank finish.
For the ham:
- One half ready-to-eat, cooked ham, bone-in, shank finish or butt finish, about 9 to 11 kilos
For the Candy Sizzling Honey Mustard Glaze:
- three tablespoons candy scorching honey mustard (or brown mustard with honey)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- About 50 cloves
For the Honey Thyme Glaze:
- three tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped contemporary thyme (or 2 teaspoons dry)
- 1/Four cup cider vinegar
- 1/Four cup honey
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Let ham come near room temp: Take away the ham from the fridge (nonetheless wrapped) a few hours earlier than you plan to cook dinner it in order that it may well get nearer to room temperature. This can assist it heat extra evenly.
2 Rating pores and skin and fats (if utilizing an unsliced ham): Place the ham, fattier aspect up, in a foil-lined roasting pan.
Rating a diamond sample within the fats with a pointy knife, about 1/Four-inch to 1/2-inch deep, and the parallel strains about 1 1/2-inches aside. (You will not want to do that for those who’re utilizing a spiral lower ham.)
Don’t rating the meat itself, simply the fats and any pores and skin. You may rating the fats as deeply as to the place the fats meets the meat. In order for you, you possibly can first lower off any pores and skin that may nonetheless be on the ham, nevertheless it is not crucial.
three Insert cloves (if utilizing): If utilizing cloves (with the Candy Honey Mustard Glaze), you possibly can both put them in earlier than making use of the glaze or after. They appear higher if utilized after, however it’s simpler to see the strains within the ham as a information for placement for those who put them in first.
Place the cloves within the middle of the diamonds to type a pleasant sample across the prime and sides of the ham (or alongside the perimeters of a number of the precut slices if utilizing spiral lower). Some folks put the cloves within the intersection factors of the scores. Do as you would like. You simply desire a good sample.
Four Preheat oven to 325°F.
5 Put together glaze:
If utilizing the candy honey mustard glaze: Combine the mustard with the brown sugar in a small bowl.
If utilizing the honey thyme glaze: Combine thyme in with the new melted butter and let sit for a couple of minutes. In a small saucepan on excessive warmth, let the cider vinegar cut back down from 1/Four cup to 1 tablespoon, and take away from warmth. Whisk within the butter and thyme. Add the honey, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce.
6 Apply glaze: Utilizing a pastry brush, brush whichever glaze you’re utilizing over the ham. Solely use about third of it (reserve the remaining for later in cooking). Attempt to work the glaze into the scored strains.
7 Bake the ham: Place ham in oven. (If utilizing a spiral lower ham, first wrap tightly in aluminum foil in order that the ham would not dry out whereas cooking.)
Prepare dinner for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (examine after 1 hour, will take longer if the ham will not be at room temp to start with), or about 10 minutes per pound, till the inner temperature of the ham is 110°-120° with a meat thermometer. (Observe that the ham is already cooked once you purchase it, all you are attempting to do is warmth it up for consuming.)
If utilizing a non-spiral lower ham, baste the ham with the glaze a few instances through the cooking. In case you examine on the ham and assume that the glaze is vulnerable to getting too browned (like on the way in which to burnt), you possibly can cowl with a chunk of foil.
eight Baste and broil: When the ham has reached the specified temperature, baste once more. (If utilizing a spiral lower ham, open up the foil to show the ham earlier than basting.)
No matter which ham you are utilizing, place it underneath the broiler for couple of minutes to get some good browning on the highest. Take the pan out of the oven and brush the ham throughout with pan juices. Cowl with aluminum foil and let relaxation for 15 minutes earlier than serving.
9 Slice: To slice a bone-in ham, lower across the bone first. Then use an extended, sharp knife to slice off items across the bone.
One other technique to slice the ham is to make first a slice on large finish to get a flat mendacity floor. Then stand the ham upright on the large finish and make slices down the aspect, working across the bone.
Bear in mind to avoid wasting the ham bone for soup!
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