Virginia Ham with Honey-Mustard Glaze
A baked ham is an ideal centerpiece for a holiday table: It's equally delicious served warm or at room temperature, and the leftovers are excellent in everything from soups to sandwiches to frittatas.
A simple sweet glaze like this simple-yet-delicious recipe will take your store-bought ham from good to great.
Baked Country Ham with Honey Mustard and Lingonberry Jam
This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart's Christmas: Entertaining, Decorating, Giving, an instant classic when it first appeared in 1989. Unlike a typical ham, which is tender and juicy, a country ham is dry-cured before smoking, so it is intensely salty; it's meant to be sliced paper-thin and eaten with a biscuit. Soaking the ham in several changes of water, which removes some of the saltiness, is an essential part of the preparation. Country ham is delicious served warm, at room temperature, or cold. The honey mustard and ham can be made a week and a day ahead, respectively, and stored in the refrigerator. Any leftover ham can be very thinly sliced, sealed in freezer bags, and stored in the freezer up to three months.
Pomegranate-Glazed Ham with Jammy Cipollinis
Pomegranate molasses, honey, Dijon mustard, and allspice create an irresistible glaze for a holiday-party classic: a whole ham. The meat is roasted with a pile of cipollini onions, which caramelize and soak up all the delicious drippings, then served with mini pickle biscuits for making sandwiches.
Glazed Ham with Horseradish Cream
The anchor for our sumptuous spread is a glazed bone-in ham. It's basted with a spicy-sweet blend of honey, fresh horseradish, and allspice, which helps burnish and crisp the skin. Horseradish cream amplifies the flavors in the glaze.
Ham with Currant-Rosemary Glaze
Garnish this glazed ham with kumquats and serve with a medley of sliced citrus. A tossed salad of Boston lettuce, frisee, endive, and escarole also makes a lovely accompaniment.
Maple-Glazed Smoked Vermont Ham
Dijon mustard counters the sweet maple syrup and apricot jam, giving this ham a more nuanced flavor.
Honeyed Ham with Pears and Cranberries
The Christmas ham is made even more glorious by other ingredients associated with year's end. Baked pears and cranberries provide a balance of sugar and acidity. The ham is infused with cloves, and a warm glaze of cider, cinnamon, ginger, and honey draws out the meat's smoky-sweet flavor.