How To Make a Holiday Ham

Serving ham

Nothing fills a home with the fragrance that spells "holiday" than a holiday ham, moist, juicy and full of flavor.  There are a number of recipes available to learn how to make a holiday ham.  Fresh ham or smoked, the difference in the two is the flavor.  Fresh ham has a more pronounced pork flavor.  Smoked ham has a lovely smoky taste that seems to bring out a delicate sweetness.  Either way, holiday ham is a special dinner treat.

The Many Ways To Make A Holiday Ham
When the holidays arrive, cooks love to prepare their holiday ham so it makes a stunning presentation for dinner guests.  To bake a fresh ham for the holidays, simply prepare a teaspoon of dry mustard, a tablespoon of white wine, add two cloves of chopped garlic and a teaspoon of molasses to a small bowl and blend well.  Depending on the size of the fresh ham, bake until thoroughly cooked through.  About 15 minutes before the baking is done, brush on the glaze.  Allow to bake to a golden crust.  About 15 minutes.  Make a pretty garnish with new potatoes roasted with rosemary and olive oil and a bit of steamed savoy cabbage.  For a finishing touch, steam grape tomatoes and arrange on the platter around potatoes and cabbage.  If preferred, steamed fennel can be substituted for the savoy cabbage.

How to Make A Holiday Ham With a Smoked Ham
Smoked ham requires far less baking than fresh ham.  It's a great time-saver for main courses.  With smoked ham, several glazes give it a holiday appeal.  The traditional holiday smoked ham is served with an apricot glaze made from apricot preserves, a dash of bitters, lemon juice and brown sugar.  For extra flavor, add a drizzle of champagne to make a sticky consistency.  Mix well.  Brush glaze over the ham.  Place rings of pineapple on top and sides of the ham, secure with toothpicks. Add a maraschino cherry to each ring and stud with spicy cloves. Garnish with spiced crab apple, steamed spinach leaves and tiny caramelized pearl onions.

For a different flavor for a holiday ham, try baking the ham in a phyllo crust. First, prepare an orange glaze by using half cup of orange juice, a half teaspoon of Caribbean soy sauce, a quarter cup brown sugar and dash of cayenne pepper to taste. Brush the ham with the glaze. Bake until the ham has a caramel color on the top and sides.  Remove from the oven fifteen minutes before baking is done. Place unbaked sheets of phyllo dough over the top and sides of the ham.  Brush with clarified butter to hold the dough in place. Allow the dough to brown about ten minutes.


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