Guest Author - Deborah Adams
A great ham always makes a big hit at holidays around our house and we've got some recipes you will love! I love pineapple and ham so this first glaze recipe is a personal favorite.
After your ham is cooked you will want to remove the rind and score the surface into diamond shapes. Take your cloved and dot each intersection. The glaze will start out with a sugar and flour rub (about 1 cup of brown sugar to 2 Tbsp flour) and seasoning to taste. We like to use garlic and onion powder and pepper. There is already plenty of salt so I don't use that. Now to cover the ham with pineapple rings and center with a half of a maraschino cherry. Last step is to brown in oven until the ham is a beautiful browned coloring and it's cooked to your liking. I love to put this on a huge platter and surround it with deviled eggs or new potatoes and other fresh vegetables for a tasty presentation that tempts everyone!
There are so many different glazes and ways to fix ham. Try several over the holidays until you find your special combination.
Another great glaze is an orange glaze which basically consists of 1 small can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, 1/2 cup fresh lime juice and 1 tsp freshly grated ginger combined with 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, firmly packed and 2 tsp soy sauce heated through in a saucepan until dissolved. Glaze and baste the ham after scoring into diamonds the last 30 minutes of the recommended cooking time for your ham. For a more decorative ham you can include the orange slices pinned to the ham with cloves and some people like to add the taste of star anise to it by placing them on the ham as well. You can keep the anise on the ham by using cloves between the points. Baste as it cooks until it is browned to your taste and serve with great sides. Wonderful dish!
It's nice to serve an old favorite with a new twist sometimes so I hope that you enjoy these suggestions and try something different sometimes. You never know what fabulous flavors are out there until you try them. Happy Cooking to all of you.