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. 


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. 


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


Calories per serving:

974 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Protein Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 17g 27%
  • Carbs 86g 29%
  • Saturated 6g 31%
  • Fiber 3g 13%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 30g
  • Monounsaturated 9g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 123g 246%
  • Cholesterol 150mg 50%
  • Sodium 6,283mg 262%
  • Calcium 119mg 12%
  • Magnesium 79mg 20%
  • Potassium 1,273mg 36%
  • Iron 4mg 21%
  • Zinc 6mg 43%
  • Phosphorus 2,637mg 377%
  • Vitamin A 3µg 0%
  • Vitamin C 16mg 26%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 186%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 42%
  • Niacin (B3) 16mg 79%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 81%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 22µg 6%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 43%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 7µg 9%
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