Perfect Roast Holiday Ham

Staff Writer
Perfect Roast Holiday Ham
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. 

10
Servings
949
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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. 

Holiday Shopping Tip

Make sure you have all the recipes you are going to make ahead of time. Compile your grocery list from those recipes a week in advance.

Holiday Cooking Tip

Balance the amount of dishes prepared ahead and those put together last minute – serve cold dishes made in advance as well as items straight from the stove.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
18g
27%
Sugar
22g
N/A
Saturated Fat
6g
32%
Cholesterol
156mg
52%
Protein
125g
100%
Carbs
75g
25%
Vitamin A
2µg
N/A
Vitamin B12
3µg
45%
Vitamin B6
2mg
82%
Vitamin C
13mg
22%
Vitamin E
0.1mg
0.6%
Vitamin K
0.4µg
0.5%
Calcium
80mg
8%
Fiber
1g
6%
Folate (food)
19µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
19µg
5%
Iron
3mg
18%
Magnesium
67mg
17%
Monounsaturated
9g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
16mg
80%
Phosphorus
2648mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
1239mg
35%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.7mg
42.9%
Sodium
6385mg
100%
Sugars, added
21g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
3mg
100%
Zinc
7mg
44%

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