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Perfect Roast Holiday Ham

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. 

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
Servings10
Calories Per Serving949
Total Fat18g27%
Sugar22gN/A
Saturated6g32%
Cholesterol156mg52%
Protein125g100%
Carbs75g25%
Vitamin A2µgN/A
Vitamin B123µg45%
Vitamin B62mg82%
Vitamin C13mg22%
Vitamin E0.1mg0.6%
Vitamin K0.4µg0.5%
Calcium80mg8%
Fiber1g6%
Folate (food)19µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)19µg5%
Iron3mg18%
Magnesium67mg17%
Monounsaturated9gN/A
Niacin (B3)16mg80%
Phosphorus2648mg100%
Polyunsaturated2gN/A
Potassium1239mg35%
Riboflavin (B2)0.7mg42.9%
Sodium6385mg100%
Sugars, added21gN/A
Thiamin (B1)3mg100%
Zinc7mg44%
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