Spice-Rubbed Fresh Ham with Citrus Glaze
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- Servings: 12
Photography: Bryan Gardner
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 2015
- 1 fresh ham, cut from shank end (about 12 pounds)
- 3 tablespoons fennel seeds, lightly toasted
- 3 tablespoons coriander seeds, lightly toasted
- 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
- 3 Ruby Red grapefruits, 2 cut into wedges, 1 zested and juiced
- 6 limes, 3 halved, 3 zested and juiced
- 1/4 cup coarse salt
- Assorted citrus fruits, halved or cut into 1 1/2-inch wedges
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 pomegranate, cut into wedges, plus seeds, for serving
- Fennel crowns, for serving (optional)
Score fat on ham in a 3/4-inchwide diamond pattern. Finely grind fennel, coriander, and peppercorns in a spice mill or clean coffee grinder. Transfer to a bowl; stir in zests and salt. Rub mixture over ham, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate 1 to 3 days.
Unwrap ham; let stand at room temperature 1 to 2 hours. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine 2 cups water, grapefruit wedges, and lime halves in a roasting pan. Set ham on a wire rack in pan. Bake, basting every hour, and covering with parchment-lined foil after 1 hour, until a thermometer inserted into bottom part (avoiding bone) reads 140 degrees, about 4 hours, 30 minutes (about 20 minutes per pound). Remove from oven; let rest 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, increase heat to 400 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss assorted cut citrus with oil and sprinkle generously with sugar. Roast, turning once, until browned, about 40 minutes.
While meat is resting, cook honey, sugar, and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until deep golden, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; slowly stir in citrus juices. Bring to a boil; cook until reduced to 1 cup, about 3 minutes. Brush 3 tablespoons glaze over ham.
Serve ham with roasted citrus, pomegranate, fennel crowns, and remaining glaze.