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Impress your guests with this cranberry glazed ham. It has a simple cranberry sauce with a tart, yet sweet, warm flavor with the addition of allspice, cinnamon and a touch of pepper. Want to learn all about baking ham? Here are our tips.
We’re gearing up for the holidays here and of course ham is one of the recipes on our holiday menu! We love serving this cranberry glazed ham (or this honey baked ham) with Christmas green beans and buttery soft rolls.
If you thought making a ham dinner was hard, I’m here to prove you wrong today. Glazed hams are often one of the most easiest, most elegant dinners to make. It takes a little bit of time in the oven, but you’ll end up with a flavorful baked ham that is juicy and tender.
My favorite type of ham is spiral sliced. They are super easy because it comes perfectly sliced in sizes ideal for sandwiches or serving. It also makes a beautiful centerpiece on your dinner table. Spiral sliced hams often come with a seasoning packet. I normally throw that seasoning packet away and make my own glaze, which we’ll talk about next!
If you’d like you could get a boneless ham or a bone-in unsliced ham, but spiral sliced are the easiest.
Sweet glazes go so perfectly with salty ham. This easy glaze recipe uses tart whole cranberry sauce which is sweetened up a bit with orange juice concentrate and brown sugar. You’ll cook this in a saucepan along with allspice and cinnamon. The special ingredient in this sauce is a little bit of cayenne pepper (or red pepper flakes). Just a touch will do, but it really warms up the sweet and tangy sauce. Try it. I think you’ll like it!
Just warm this sauce on the stove until the sugar seems dissolved into the cranberry sauce. Then it is ready to baste on the ham.
Baking a ham is easier than you may think. I simply place the ham in a roasting pan (or 9×13 pan) and spread about ½ cup of glaze over the ham.
Cover either the ham itself or the pan with foil. Make sure it is covered well so the ham doesn’t dry out.
Set the oven to 350 degrees and bake the ham for about an hour. Uncover the ham and baste it again, then bake it for another 30 minutes. Continue doing this until the ham is done.
So how do you know if a ham is done?
It will normally take about 10-15 minutes per pound to heat the spiral sliced ham to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. We set our oven to 350 degrees and plan for it to take about 1 ½ to 2 hours for the nearly 10 pound hams we buy.
Reserve about ¾ of a cup of cranberry sauce for basting them ham. It makes a great cranberry side dish! We like serving this ham with mashed potatoes, corn pudding or scalloped corn, homemade bread and a side salad. It also goes really well with cranberry punch and a jello salad.