Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Honey Baked Ham

I hope everyone is doing excellently! Sorry about missing the post yesterday, things are getting crazy this semester in school!

Today we are going for a big time recipe. This is what I made for my family on Easter and at a family reunion this summer. It feeds a ton of people and is easy to make... perfect for family gatherings. Only thing to keep in mind, ham's aren't the cheapest food in the world, a 10-12 lb Ham is about $25. With that being said, a family of 5 could probably eat a 10-12 lb Ham for a week!

This is the official taste tester's favorite meal that I make. When he is cutting the ham up, he usually eats more of it than makes it on the plate...sorry honey to reveal that little secret but it's true. Trust me (and him!), this ham is moist and delicious!

10-12 lb uncooked Ham (don't buy pre-sliced or pre-seasoned, just get a plain old hunk of meat!)
3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. cinnamon

Tip: If you have a smaller family, you can buy a smaller ham and this recipe will work just as well. You can still use the same amount of glaze and everything. When it's just me and the official taste tester, I usually get a 6lb ham and we have enough for one meal and left overs for a couple days.

To start off, place your Ham in your roasting pan (if you don't have a roasting pan, a 9x13 pan should work just fine too) and score your ham in a diamond pattern. What does this mean you ask? On the outside part of the ham (where all the fat is) just cut diagonal lines going both ways across your ham (they will look like diamonds). They don't have to be incredibly deep, just about 1/4-1/2 an inch. This allows the fat to render while your cooking it.

Place your Ham in the oven and bake covered for 20 minutes per pound of ham (you will add the glaze on with 45 minutes left). For a 10-12 pound ham this translates to about 4 hours (calculate yours out to get an exact number!) and for a 6 lb ham, its about 2 hours.

To calculate the time exactly, just multiply the weight of your ham by 20 and that should give you the time in minutes you need to cook it for. To put that into hours, just divide by 60. For example, a 10 lb. ham would need to cook for 200 minutes (10 x 20 = 200). This translates to 3 hours and 20 minutes.

When there is 45 minutes left in the cooking time, combine your dijon mustard, brown sugar, honey, and cinnamon all in a bowl. Mix them together and then pour over your Ham. Bake for the remaining 45 minutes and then take out and slice to your preferences. Here are some pictures of my finished product (sorry they are slightly dark):


Happy Cooking
& Enjoy!

For the original post on this ham, go here.


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