Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Hello Everyone! Many of you have already heard that I was put on strict bed rest last week. That means no more cooking for me for the next three months. It's a good thing I made this recipe and took photos a few weeks ago in anticipation of doing a holiday post!

If any of you are still looking for a good recipe to make for Christmas or New Years, this ham recipe is delicious and it is so unbelievably easy to make!

Maple Cranberry Glazed Spiral Cut Ham

2 cups whole berry cranberry sauce
½ cup real maple syrup
1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
1 spiral cut ham (We typically used Leidy’s® fully cooked, bone-in, spiral cut hams at The Secret Chef- they were actually half of a ham- and they weighed approx. 6-8lbs. each. I have also had good results with Costco and Smithfield hams.)

Note: This meal should serve at least 8-10 people, depending on the size of your ham.

1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. Place ham in a heavy baking dish or roasting pan. Cover ham with foil and bake until almost heated through, approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours (cooking time will depend on the size of ham that you are using). If you are using a pre-cooked ham, you just need to heat it up, be careful not to over-bake it.

2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, mix together the cranberry sauce, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the glaze is melted and thickened slightly.

3. Uncover the ham, and baste with the maple cranberry
glaze. Bake, uncovered, for an additional 20-30 min,
basting several more times with the glaze.

If you are making this dish ahead to freeze: Mix the
maple cranberry glaze ingredients in a small freezer
bag instead of cooking it. You can freeze the glaze and
ham for up to 3 months. Thaw thoroughly in the
refrigerator (it will probably take several days for the
ham to thaw completely). Continue at step 1 to bake.

Enjoy! And Happy Holidays!