3 Secrets for the Most Delicious Christmas Ham

Your holiday ham is guaranteed to be full of flavor with these easy tricks

Warm, fragrant spices add a festive spin to roast ham.

Score the Fat
If you're roasting a ham, you'll notice that there is a thick layer of fat on the top. Before you bake the ham, run a sharp knife along the top layer of fat, a scoring it (with lines approximately 1 inch apart) in a crosshatch pattern. This allows the spices and glaze to flavor the meat.

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Use Fragrant Spices
Using spices like cinnamon, cloves, or allspice adds tons of flavor to the roast. Rub them directly on the surface of the scored fat for best results.

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Make a Glaze
With just a handful of ingredients, you can make a deliciously sweet glaze to use on your ham. Combine honey, brown sugar, and spicy brown mustard in a small saucepan. When the sugar is melted, thin the glaze to the desired consistency with a liquid like orange juice — we add a little ginger ale, too. Use the glaze to baste the ham periodically.

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Want more details? Click here for the full roast ham recipe.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.