I am not sure why I don’t make honey glazed ham more often. I only make it around the holidays and I swear, it is so good that I could almost eat the whole ham myself!
But maybe that is why it tastes so good.
Who am I kidding, it tastes so good because of the delicious honey glaze that is spread all over the ham!
So What Ingredients Are In The Most Delicious Honey Glazed Ham
Over the years I have tried several different types of glazes. My first attempt included just 2 basic ingredients: brown sugar and orange juice.
I thought it would be best to keep things simple back then and I was afraid to branch outside of the norm too much in fear of failure.
Unfortunately I didn’t know that I should wait until the last 30 minutes of the cooking process before adding the glaze.
The glaze got a little over done and made the entire top of the ham dark and crusty. Not quite what I was going for.
So the next time I stuck with the same concept, but added in a little pineapple juice as well. In fact, I even put pineapple slices on top of the ham.
And of course, I waited until the last 30 minutes to baste on the glaze. I was afraid the glaze would just melt off the top so every 10 minutes I would put a baster in the bottom of the roasting pan and give the ham glaze shower.
The pineapple slices were a little overcooked and began to fall off by the time the ham was done. And the flavor was okay, but a little too sweet in my opinion.
So I knew that I needed to add something to balance out the sweetness. What else goes good with ham? Dijon Mustard, of course!
That was the perfect addition to my glaze. A tangy condiment added just enough balance of the strong citrus flavor of the orange juice and the tropical flavor of the pineapple juice.
Add in a little ground cloves and you have the BEST honey glazed ham!
What Type Of Ham Should You Use?
The big question is what type of ham should I buy?
Hands down, without a doubt, buy a bone-in ham. The bone adds so much flavor to the ham during the cooking process.
I prefer to buy a pre-cut spiral ham whenever possible. This allows the honey glaze to drip into the center of the ham, providing additional flavor in every bite.
Should I Use A Baster or Brush?
However, if you use a whole ham that has not been pre-sliced, I would recommend using a brush. The force of the bristles gets glaze in all those tiny nooks and crannies of the outer portion of the ham.
If you bought a spiral ham, stick with a baster. It would nearly be impossible to brush each individual slice and a baster is quick and easy.
So this year, if you are looking for a way to make the most delicious honey glazed ham, you are off to a fantastic start!
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