Holiday Ham Glazing Guide
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Holiday Ham Glazing Guide

Posted on November 09, 2020

Portioned hams are one of the easiest and most economical holiday meals on the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. With smaller gatherings this year, half and quarter hams are ideal for intimate family dinners, couples celebrating together and singles looking to celebrate with more storage room in the freezer and less waste. Ham also makes for savory leftovers on sandwiches, soups and casseroles. We’ve built your go-to guide to mastering leftovers this season with our Thanksgiving Leftovers Guide. 

When it comes to determining how much food to cook for odd or small numbers and tiered visitors, ham is great for keeping warm in the oven throughout the day (also great for surprise visitors!). Paired with seasonal classics like steamed vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes or even alongside eggs for a celebratory breakfast, portioned hams are a staple for every kitchen this year. 

Grass Roots’ Boneless Holiday Ham 

Half Ham Weight: 5-7 lbs 

Half Ham Feeds: 12+ people (⅓ lb per person) 

Quarter Ham Weight: 2-4 lbs 

Quarter Ham Feeds: 6-10 people (⅓ lb per person)  

How to Prepare Baked Ham 

Grass Roots’ all-natural, forested pork hams can be enjoyed at any temperature. No added nitrates but packed with lots of smoky flavor. Our hams are smoked using water, vinegar, and 2% or less of: sea salt, turbinado sugar, celery powder, cherry powder, sodium carbonate, rosemary extract. Cooking your ham to perfection is simple with these two steps: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit and place your ham cut side down in a shallow roasting pan covered loosely with foil. Score a diamond pattern into the fat and skin, making sure not to pattern the meat. This will allow your glaze to soak into the meat, adding even more flavor. 

  2. Before putting your ham into the oven add your glaze by brushes or basting the juices in the scored ham. Heat on the middle rack for 10 to 15 minutes per pound until heated thoroughly through or until your ham has reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees fahrenheit. Remove and let stand covered for 10 to 15 minutes and finish your ham by basting it with its juices. For a crispy and savory skin, broil for an additional 5 minutes.

How to Glaze Baked Ham 

A glaze can make your ham extra festive, highlighting seasonal flavors like clove, honey and orange. What’s the trick to making sure your glaze flavors are bold and juicy? Score a diamond pattern into the fat and skin of your ham, making sure not to pattern the meat. These diamond shapes will add divots for your glaze to pool and soak into the meat of the ham, blending both the juices from the ham and glaze to create a rich and unforgettable flavor. Here are two easy, seasonal glazes that the entire family will savor: 

Tangy Honey Glaze

What You'll Need

1 ¼ cups brown sugar 

⅓ cup of honest 

⅓ large orange, juiced and zested 

2 tbsp dijon mustard 

¼ tsp ground cloves 

⅓ cup pineapple juice 

Optional: pineapple slices 

The Recipe: In a small saucepan, stir in pineapple juice, brown sugar, orange juice, orange zest, ground cloves, and dijon mustard. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk until smooth and then remove from heat. Halfway through cooking you ham with the glaze, top with pineapple slices and brush over again with glaze. 

Tarte Cranberry Glaze 

What You'll Need

½ can of jellied cranberry sauce 

2 strips of orange peel

¼ cup orange juice 

2-3 tbsp brown sugar 

1 tbsp honey mustard 

The Recipe: In a small saucepan, add your jellied cranberry sauce and cook on low heat. Add in brown sugar and orange juice, whisk until the brown sugar has started to dissolve. Add your orange zest and heat until bubbly. Whisk until smooth and then remove from heat. Take out the orange strips and stir in mustard. 

Tips for the Best Baked Ham 

  1. Avoid Overcooking: cooking your ham low and slow will give you the juiciest results. If you don’t have much time, don’t crank the temp to accommodate. Go for a half or portioned ham that can cook at a quicker speed.

  2. Room Temp Prep: letting your ham set out at room temperature for an hour or two before cooking will allow for the most even cooking. Allow 15 minutes to set per pound.  

  3. Leftovers: leftover ham will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days when properly wrapped. Leftovers can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 4 months.

  4. More Flavor: If you’re looking for an extra juicy and tender ham, add a ½ cup of vegetable stock or water to the shallow baking pan before cooking, making sure the cut side is face down.

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