Perfect Roast Holiday Ham

Perfect Roast Holiday Ham
Staff Writer
Alexis Murphy

When my uncle sent me this recipe with no measurements, his argument was that he was "an artist, not a chef." True, but seeing as I wanted to make sure his delicious ham was replicated perfectly every time, I sought out the help of chef and owner Steve Waxman, of Trax Restaurant & Café. With the foundations of my uncle's recipe and the help of Waxman, this holiday ham is, I have to say, the perfect one — deliciously coated in a sweet, citrusy glaze, and precisely baked so that it retains a most and tender flesh. 

10
Servings
165
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Special thanks to Alexis Murphy of Jac o' lyn Murphy for helping us test this recipe. 

Ingredients

  • One 14-16-pound bone-in smoked ham
  • 1/2 Cup whole cloves, or enough to cover the ham
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon allspice
  • 1/2 Cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 Cup ginger ale soda

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Score the ham’s outer layer of fat and stick the whole cloves all over it, about 1 inch apart. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and allspice and then coat the fat of the ham with the spices. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and honey in a small saucepan and whisk to combine. When the sugar has melted, thin it out with the orange and lemon juice and the ginger ale so that it is thin enough to spread but thick enough to stay on the ham. Remove the ham from the oven and glaze it all over with the honey-Dijon mixture. Continue to cook uncovered, glazing every half-hour, until the inside of the thickest part of the ham registers 120 degrees, about 20 minutes per pound. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
27g
21%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
5µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
12µg
13%
Calcium, Ca
45mg
5%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
38µg
10%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
20mg
6%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
62mg
9%
Selenium, Se
9µg
16%
Sodium, Na
101mg
7%
Water
15g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Holiday Shopping Tip

Make sure you have all the recipes you are going to make ahead of time. Compile your grocery list from those recipes a week in advance.

Holiday Cooking Tip

Balance the amount of dishes prepared ahead and those put together last minute – serve cold dishes made in advance as well as items straight from the stove.