best ever ham recipe

by Mr. Reilly Zulauf Published 1 year ago Updated 9 months ago

How to cook the best ever Christmas ham?

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How do you make the best ham?

Trim the ham skin, leaving the fat intact. Score the fat in a crosshatch pattern, making the cuts about 3/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart. Put the ham flat-side down on a rack in a roasting pan; add 1 cup water. Bake on the lowest oven rack, 40 minutes, adding more water if the pan gets dry.

What to put on ham to keep it moist?

Drowning Your Ham Rather than pre-bathing the ham, or basting it throughout the cooking process, add a half cup of stock, wine, or water to the bottom of the pan while it's cooking, which will infuse moisture into the meat throughout the baking process.

How do you cook a ham so it doesn't dry out?

Gently cook the ham with at least 1/2 cup of water, wine, or stock in the pan and cover it with foil to make sure the ham won't dry out (until you've applied the glaze—then, the foil comes off).

How does Gordon Ramsay cook Christmas ham?

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Should I soak my ham before cooking?

When preparing an uncooked country ham, it must be washed and soaked before cooking, since these hams are dry salt cured. Country Hams should be soaked 12-24 hours. Soak a Genuine Smithfield Ham for 24-36 hours. The length of soaking time is important and should be influenced by your taste for salt.

Do you cover ham when baking?

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, basting every 15-20 minutes. Uncover the ham when you baste it, but then cover it back up when you put it back in the oven.

Should ham be wrapped in foil before baking?

Tightly wrap and seal the ham with foil so none of the juices escape. Place the ham in a baking pan and cook for approximately 20 to 25 minutes per pound, or follow the directions on the package for cooking times. A fully cooked ham will be done when the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees F to 140 degrees F.

Do you cook a ham fat side up or down?

Remove all packaging materials and place ham in a shallow roasting pan. Quarter and half hams should be cooked flat/face-side down. Whole hams should be cooked fat-side up. Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil.

Should you boil a ham before baking?

Should I boil ham before roasting it? To ensure the ham stays moist, it's best to boil it for half of the cooking time and then finish the cooking in the oven. It is also possible to boil ham for the entirety of the cooking time. But we find ham cooked this way is best served cold.

How do you cook Jamie Oliver Christmas ham?

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What is the honey glaze made of on ham?

Easy Honey Glazed Ham This perfectly balanced Honey Glaze for Ham is made with brown sugar, honey, orange juice and warm spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The end result is a shiny, sweet, incredibly moist ham that works for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, or any family dinner.

How do you make a Christmas ham glaze?

The glaze I went for is a combination of butter, brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard (adding a nice tang to the ham) and crushed garlic cloves. From here you can add in spices like the traditional ground cinnamon and ground cloves, or leave them out.

Great Tasting Hams for Holidays Meals and Special Occasions

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Ham with Beer Glaze

This ham is baked with a flavorful brown sugar and beer glaze. Feel free to substitute cola or ginger ale for the beer. Or use a non-alcohol beer.

Ham With Cola and Maple Glaze

Cola and maple syrup jazz up this tasty ham glaze. This is a delicious glaze to use on your holiday dinner ham.

Dr. Pepper Ham

Similar to a cola-glazed ham, this Dr. Pepper ham recipe is made with orange juice cooked down with the soda to form a thick syrup before being mixed with brown sugar and Dijon mustard. You don't have to be a Dr. Pepper fan to like this dish.

Instant Pot Baked Ham

The Instant Pot—or electric pressure cooker—can be a lifesaver if your oven and stovetop are being used for other dishes. And it is an excellent option if you need a main dish in a hurry. This Instant Pot baked ham includes a delicious pineapple glaze and sauce.

Maple and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

This ham is glazed with a flavorful combination of maple syrup and apple juice, along with a little mustard and brown sugar.

Crock Pot Pineapple Glazed Ham

This crock pot ham is another way to cook a ham when the oven is filled with other dishes. Whether for a holiday meal or Sunday dinner, this is an excellent choice.

Can I Make the Glaze Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! I always make the glaze a night or two before Easter. It sits and melds together and becomes even more amazing. It makes a great sauce after the ham is cooked. So I always serve I’m telling you…Ham Sauce!

How Do You Cook a Spiral Sliced Ham?

It’s actually really easy to cook a spiral sliced ham. I have bought Smithfield and Target Archer Farms brand and love them both.


If you didn’t get the idea from the title of this recipe, I’ll say it again. This is the absolute best ham you’ll ever have. Sweet, tangy, and oh so amazing, you’ll be thanking me for this amazing recipe that I got from the Food Network Magazine in 2012.


Whisk the apple jelly, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce together in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


Don’t throw out the ham bone! You can make such delicious soups with it, like Split Pea Soup .

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Ham Glaze

Because the glaze requires only three ingredients, I highly recommend using the best quality ingredients you can manage. I like to use a high quality 18 year aged balsamic glaze myself.

How To Glaze A Ham

To really get the glaze to penetrate the ham, I baste the meat several times in the cooking process. While that might make this recipe sound time consuming, I promise you it’s super easy.

Balsamic Dijon Glazed Ham

Remove the ham from the refrigerator 1-2 hours before it needs to go into the oven. This will allow the meat to come a bit closer to room temperature before it goes into the oven.

Deluxe Ham Casserole

This cheesy ham casserole, topped with a can of crushed French-fried onions, is comfort food incarnate. If you don't have condensed cream of celery soup, try cream of mushroom soup instead.

Cheesy Ham Potato Bake

"Cheese, ham, and hash browns make this a dish even your pickiest eater will like," according to recipe creator Heather Gray. This casserole is made extra creamy with cream of chicken soup and sour cream.

Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

You need just six ingredients to make this easy casserole: frozen hash browns, diced ham, condensed cream of potato soup, sour cream, Cheddar, and Parmesan.

Cheesy Leftover Ham and Mashed Potato Casserole

Put your leftovers to good use with this genius mash-up. Recipe creator bd.weld encourages you to get creative with this recipe. "Make it as is or use your imagination."

Ham, Potato and Broccoli Casserole

Here's an easy way to sneak in some healthy greens. This convenient dinner, made with frozen ingredients you probably already have on hand, is on the table in less than an hour.

Farmer's Casserole

If you layer this casserole in the dish the night before, you can just pop it in the oven an hour before serving. It's great served with fresh fruit, according to recipe creator Lorrie Starks .

Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken cordon bleu without the hassle? Sign us up! This easy casserole has the rich, creamy texture of the classic French dish.

What can you add to make this ham casserole recipe your own?

Start with the veggies already called for in the recipe—and increase one or more of them to stretch the dish while boosting nutrition. Other possibilities include sauteed poblano, red or orange peppers, cooked cauliflower, broccoli or pearl onions, and chopped seeded tomato.

What pairs well with ham casserole?

Choose green veggies for the win! Steamed broccoli and spinach are simple, healthy choices, or try cooking kale. And, you can pair a veggie-rich side salad with just about any entree.

How long will ham casserole last?

Refrigerate the casserole, covered, for up to 3 days. Although potatoes aren’t very good freezers (their high water content leads to a mushy texture after freezing), they’re only a bit player in this dish. So feel free to freeze this casserole for up to 3 months. Individually frozen servings make for easy meals in the future.

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