Friday, December 14, 2007

Hamming it Up

Here's a simple (but FLAVORFUL) recipe recommendation for your family's Christmas dinner:

Holiday Glazed Ham

1 bone-in cured ham, about 15 pounds
8 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
½ cup regular prepared mustard
1 Tbsp black pepper
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground allspice

Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan. Stir in brown sugar, mustard, pepper, cloves, and allspice. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 325┬║ F.

Trim the skin from the ham using a sharp knife. Leave approx. 1/8 inch of fat all around. Score the fat in a diamond pattern. Place the ham, fat side up, in a shallow roasting pan. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and spoon half of the glaze over the top of the ham. Return to the oven uncovered and bake 30 minutes. Spoon remaining glaze over the ham. Bake about 30 minutes, basting occasionally with pan juices. Remove from the oven and cover loosely with foil. Allow the ham to rest for approximately 20 minutes before carving. Makes approx. 20 servings.

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