Courtesy of Natasha Kravchuk, Natasha's Kitchen

The Best Ham Recipes for Easter

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Impress your guests with one of these delicious recipes

Courtesy of Natasha Kravchuk, Natasha's Kitchen

Ham is a traditional Easter dish and a pretty versatile one at that. And if you follow this step-by-step guide for cooking the perfect Easter ham, you'll have a pretty fool-proof holiday in your hands. Whether you are serving it as part of a brunch buffet or as the centerpiece for a large evening feast, impress your guests this year with one of these easy and delicious recipes.

Easy Overnight Easter Ham

Easy Overnight Easter Ham

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This ham recipe is pretty fuss-free and has a total of only seven ingredients, including the ham itself. It’s easy to throw together and does not at all skimp on flavor. The sweet-savory element comes from apricot preserves, crushed pineapple and stone-ground mustard in the glaze.

For the Easy Overnight Easter Ham recipe, click here.

Apple Cider Ham with Molasses

Apple Cider Ham with Molasses

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Apple cider gives this ham a sweet and crisp taste and complements the fennel and orange flavors nicely. The cider-fennel-orange combo along with onions and thyme get infused into the ham first in a large Dutch oven, and the molasses is brushed over the top every 10 minutes until it’s evenly glazed and a meat thermometer inserted in the center reads 150 degrees.

For the Apple Cider Ham with Molasses recipe, click here.

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham
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Coca-Cola is essentially sugary, flavored water and makes for an easy glaze on ham. This one is a variation of honey baked ham but uses the  popular soda to balance sweetness with acidity.

For the Coca-Cola Glazed Ham recipe, click here.

Honey Balsamic-Glazed Ham

Honey Balsamic-Glazed Ham

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The addition of balsamic vinegar gives this ham a delicate sweet and tart note. To make the glaze, you’ll need crushed pineapples, a generous pour of honey, soy sauce and balsamic. It’s important to score the ham in a crosshatch pattern before pouring the glaze over so it seeps inside for maximum flavor.

For the Honey Balsamic-Glazed Ham recipe, click here.

Brown Sugar Bourbon Glazed Ham

Brown Sugar Bourbon Glazed Ham
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This ham is savory with just a little touch of crispy sweetness thanks to the two full cups of dark brown sugar the recipe calls for. The bourbon, sugar and mustard glaze is an easy homemade alternative to the flavor packets that come with some store-bought hams. 

For the Brown Sugar Bourbon Glazed Ham recipe, click here.

Roasted Ham with Herb Marinade

Roasted Ham with Herb Marinade
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This roasted ham recipe pairs deliciously with spring vegetables or the best potato preparations. It calls for a fully cooked bone-in ham that marinates overnight in a mixture of white wine, shallots, garlic, mustard, tarragon and spicy peppercorns.

For the Roasted Ham with Herb Marinade recipe, click here.

Apricot Honey Baked Ham

Apricot Honey Baked Ham
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This baked ham with an apricot honey glaze is a picture-perfect roast that is both juicy and tender. The exterior of the meat is caramelized, and if you save the pan drippings to pour over the finished product, you’ll have an even more flavor-packed Easter centerpiece.

For the Apricot Honey Baked Ham recipe, click here.

Sweet Southern Slow-Cooker Ham

 Sweet Southern Slow-Cooker Ham
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This slow-cooker ham is simple to make and has all the flavors of a traditional Easter ham. After whisking together the apple cider, bourbon, honey and mustard — simply pour it over the ham and let your slow cooker do the rest. 

For the Sweet Southern Slow-Cooker Ham recipe, click here.

Pineapple Glazed Holiday Ham

Pineapple Glazed Holiday Ham
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A ham studded with juicy pineapple rings is sure to wow your guests. A bonus is this should be an easy one to whip up. The sweet and salty roast comes together with ingredients easily found at any grocery store.

For the Pineapple Glazed Honey Ham recipe, click here.

Rum Glazed Ham

Rum Glazed Ham
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The flavors of this Easter ham are traditional, but the additions of rum and orange juice are certainly less expected than pineapple. When making this, be sure to reserve the pan drippings to make a quick sauce for the table.

For the Rum Glazed Ham recipe, click here.

Ham and Cheese Stromboli

Ham and Cheese Stromboli
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Who says Easter has to be limited to a giant hunk of ham? It does not — and this ham and cheese stromboli is a delicious addition to any table. Spend the extra few minutes making your own dough for a fluffy, perfectly risen stromboli base and then fill it with ham slices and a generous sprinkle of cheese.

For the Ham and Cheese Stromboli recipe, click here.

Ham and Gruyere Crepes

Ham and Gruyere Crepes
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For a top-notch Easter brunch, look no further than these crepes. The thin pancakes are a fantastic vehicle for any number of fillings, but ham and Gruyere are the ultimate combo.

For the Ham and Gruyere Crepes recipe, click here.

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
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These pinwheels are one of those retro appetizers that needs to come back. And after cooking the ham, they take no more than a few minutes to prep. All you need is tortillas, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, a packet of ranch seasoning and some good ol’ ham slices.

For the Ham and Cheese Pinwheels recipe, click here.

Hard-Boiled Egg and Ham Stuffed Biscuit

Hard-Boiled Egg and Ham Stuffed Biscuit
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These stuffed biscuits are an excellent choice as both an appetizer on Easter or for a breakfast buffet. Store-bought biscuit dough makes these super easy to whip up and a muffin tin is perfect to hold the egg, ham and cheese together in a delicious little bite-sized package.

For the Hard-Boiled Egg and Ham Stuffed Biscuit recipe, click here.

Spiral Ham Sandwich

Spiral Ham Sandwich
Courtesy of the National Pork Board

Easter calls for a little something special so classing up a classic ham sandwich might just do the trick. These spiral ham sandwiches showcase an ingredient called “cheese butter.” It’s made by whisking together room temperature butter and a soft cheese like brie or Gorgonzola until smooth and creamy. After that, simply assemble the sandwich with a baguette, arugula, strawberry jam, cheese butter and spiral-sliced smoked ham.

For the Spiral Ham Sandwich recipe, click here.

Deviled Ham Salad

Deviled Ham Salad
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This tastes so much better than it looks — any kind of deviled salad tends to have that going for it. For another non-traditional take on Easter ham, try this flavorful ham salad with whole-grain mustard, a hefty sprinkle of garlic and onion powder and of course, some squirts of your favorite spicy hot sauce.

For the Deviled Ham Salad recipe, click here.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Ham and Cheese Sliders
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To round out our best-ever ham recipes, we had to include this new spin on an old favorite. With teriyaki sauce, pineapple, ham and provolone cheese all baked inside slightly sweetened fluffy Hawaiian rolls, this leftover-friendly meal is a real winner. Not to mention, the sliders make for an excellent comfort food that you can make ahead and freeze for a weeknight. But before ending the evening with ham, first gather with your loved one for these Easter brunch recipes perfect for a crowd.

For the Ham and Cheese Sliders recipe, click here.

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