Best Christmas Ham Recipe Ever — We Really Mean It!
Start by scoring the ham’s outer layer of fat. Just take a sharp paring knife and cut a cross-hatch pattern along the top layer. The lines should be approximately one to two inches apart, depending on the size of the ham.
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Then, take whole cloves and stick them into the ham about an inch and a half apart. For an extra-special presentation, insert one clove into each of the intersections created by scoring the fat.
Then, sprinkle the ham with cinnamon and allspice, cover it with aluminum foil, and bake it in the oven for 30 minutes.
Mix Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and honey in a small saucepan until the sugar is melted. Then add orange and lemon juice and some ginger ale. Remove the ham from the oven, remove the aluminum foil, and spread the ham with the honey-mustard glaze.
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Continue cooking the ham, re-glazing it every 30 minutes until the thickest part of the ham reaches 120 degrees.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.