Hard to believe Easter is less than three weeks away. I think my brain has gone into a deep freeze with this past winter. But spring has sprung and Easter is not far behind. Our Easter celebration has always included ham, along with many other offerings. Sometimes leg of lamb, sometimes turkey and in recent years lasagna. I love it all. But for whatever reason, ham is “the traditional” entree of Easter. Now, I’ve always been more of a “Honey Baked Ham” kind of girl. I grew up on it – and when I say “it” I mean the Honey Baked Ham Company spiral sliced kind of Honey Baked Ham. I still absolutely love the original…no Costco or copy-cat versions for me.
There are those times though, where I don’t want spend the gazillion dollars a pound for said ham, or I just want something different. I’ve failed numerous times over the years with my own concoctions, but this particular glaze was great – and easy on top of that! Five ingredients, whisked to perfection and poured over a prepared ham. Easy peasy. Baste away to make sure the flavors hug that ham – and voila – a mere 2-3 hours later, dinner is served. Delicious…
Baked Ham Glaze
1 cup honey
½ cup molasses
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup bourbon
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
Note: If you don’t want to use bourbon, simply increase the amount of orange juice to ¾ cups.
•Microwave honey and molasses in a 1 quart glass dish at high 1 minute. Whisk to blend. Whisk in juice, bourbon and mustard.
•Remove the skin and fat from the ham. Place ham in a lightly greased 13×9 inch roasting pan. Make ¼ inch deep cuts in ham in a diamond pattern. Pour glaze over ham.
•Bake on the lower oven rack at 350°F for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 140°F; baste every 15 minutes or so.
•Remove ham from pan, tent with foil and allow to stand. Remove and discard fat from the drippings. Transfer drippings to a small saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce by about 1/3. It will thicken slightly. Serve warm with the sliced ham.
Recipe adapted from All Recipes.