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Christmas Ham: 5 Wonderful Recipe Sites

When it’s time to find the best recipe for a holiday ham, most new cooks will turn to the usual suspects: the Food Network, Epicurious.com, or—even faster—Google.

But there are great recipe websites that fly a little bit under the radar. Use these five sites to make the most of your Christmas ham, whether it’s the centerpiece of a feast or the filling for a fantastic breakfast quiche.

From Fine Cooking

From Fine Cooking

1. Fine Cooking

This magazine might fly under the radar a bit, but it’s a treasure trove of excellent recipes. On the website, find a fine-looking bourbon and orange glazed ham, another with cherry-pomegranate glaze, and a handy guide on how to choose a ham.

2. Donna Hay

Donna Hay is a cookbook author and food personality in Australia, so don’t feel like you should have heard of her if you don’t follow the Aussie food scene. Her recipe for a ham glazed with whiskey, marmalade, and mustard, studded liberally with cloves, looks like the holidays on a plate.

Harry and David's ham from Serious Eats

Harry and David’s ham from Serious Eats

3. Serious Eats

From Serious Eats

From Serious Eats

Perhaps known better for its taste tests and reviews of burgers and pizza, Serious Eats is a New York-based blog that translates easily to the rest of the country.

Start with the article about how to pick and cook a holiday ham (including, of course, taste-tester feedback). Then browse the site for recipes for everything from maple-glazed city ham to Southern-style country ham and biscuits. There’s even a column on what beer to drink with your ham.

4. Syrup and Biscuits

Who better to teach newbies how to make a fantastic, flavorful ham than the cooks in the South? Alabama native Jackie Garvin is the force behind this blog (which has the tagline “Sweet. Simple. Sustaining.”). She offers recipes for fresh ham (or a slow-cooker shoulder roast), baked and glazed ham, and a Swiss and ham pie she serves on Christmas Eve.

5. Tasty Kitchen

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Photo credit: Ree Drummond

Tasty Kitchen, which describes itself as “a cooking community,” is a great place to look when you’re ready to use leftovers (though there is a recipe for ham in a slow cooker, plus a homemade honey-baked ham that’s cheaper than the premade version, and probably better, too).

Check out the recipe for Hoppin’ John (if you eat it on New Year’s, it’s supposed to bring you luck!) and “Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond’s recipe for scalloped potatoes and ham.

When you are ready to carve and serve your Christmas Ham, check out How to Cook, Glaze and Carve a Holiday Ham for pointers from the pro’s!

Quick tip: Stay away from AllRecipes — the recipes aren’t vetted and can get an amateur into trouble. And a bonus! Portraits of all 44 presidents with ham. You’re welcome.

Merry Christmas!

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How to Cook, Glaze and Carve a Holiday Ham

Few centerpieces are more anticipated than a perfectly pink holiday ham, glazed with a spiky coarse mustard and sweet fruit preserves, and sliced into lovely petals.

But if you’re cooking a ham for the first time, getting from the package in the grocery store to that beautiful Christmas Day dinner-table picture can seem like a daunting journey. So, for the newbie, this is our ham primer.

Nueske's spiral sliced bone-in ham

Nueske’s spiral sliced bone-in ham

Start with a cured or smoked (precooked) ham. (You can definitely make a fresh one, but today let’s leave that to the more experienced cooks.)

The most popular kind of ham is a city ham. Much like a brined Butterball turkey, city hams are wet-cured, injected with a mixture of salt, seasonings and curing agents. An article on Real Simple claims that “bone-in city hams tend to be moister and more flavorful than the boneless variety,” though both come ready to eat.

Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Ham

Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Ham

Country ham is favored in the south. These hams are dry-cured with a salt/seasoning rub, then smoked and aged. Real Simple explains, “salty and chewy, the intensely flavored meat is usually served with biscuits or incorporated into casseroles and salads. It’s sold both uncooked and cooked, and mostly bone-in.”

Bon Appétit recommends getting a ham with “some kind of bone in it. It will give you a sense of where to take the ham’s temperature to determine doneness (see below), plus, that leftover bone will bring a soup or pot of beans to the next level.”

According to a Rachael Ray how-to, “spiral hams cook faster because the heat penetrates better.” Either way, if you have a whole ham, be prepared to dedicate your oven to it for a good chunk of time.

Alton Brown, the lovable science-geek chef on the Food Network, recommends warming a precooked ham for three to four hours at a low temperature (250°F) under foil, then increasing the heat, adding a brown sugar/bourbon glaze and then upping the heat (350°F) for a final hour.

A classic holiday ham recipe on Chow.com estimates five hours of cooking and prep time, using a temperature of 325°F. The Neelys’ recipe is a little faster, about three hours for a 14-pound ham at 350°F. Choose a recipe that fits your time frame; remember that the ham will smell wonderful while it cooks!

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Photo by Zach DeSart

Choose a glaze for your ham, usually a combination of something savory or spicy, like mustard, cloves, garlic or ginger, and something sweet, like orange juice, pineapple, fresh or dried figs or even Coca-Cola. The glaze usually goes on in the last 60 to 30 minutes of cooking.  Check out our recent post, 5 Ways to Glaze a Holiday Ham, for more recipe ideas.

Finally, carve your ham. If you have a spiral sliced ham, that’s already been done for you. If you don’t, look to a step-by-step guide like the one Jeffrey Elliot put together at Huffington Post, or this one from Hunter Lewis at Saveur.

For a video, watch Ron Stapleton from Stapleton’s Quality Meats demonstrate how to carve a holiday ham. And avoid some common mistakes, like drying out the ham or burning the glaze, by reading this tip sheet from Bon Appétit.

We hope these tips and resources for cooking a Holiday Ham help you enjoy cooking yours.  Happy Holidays!

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5 Ways to Glaze a Holiday Ham

Preparing a Christmas ham, especially if it’s been conveniently pre-smoked or cured for you, is about the easiest thing you can do for a centerpiece. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little something to it—namely, a sweet, decadent glaze to make your ham that much more delicious.

Here are five tips from food bloggers we love on how to make your ham even more dazzling this holiday.

1. Blackberry- and mustard-glazed ham, from The Cottage Home

With just four ingredients (blackberry preserves, whole-grain mustard, apple cider, and a precooked ham), this holiday entrée couldn’t be simpler. Blogger Lindsay reports that it’s “a great crowd-pleasing ham … even my husband, who would much prefer some type of red meat, absolutely loved it.”

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Credit Curtis Stone

2. Roasted fresh ham with maple spice glaze, from Leite’s Culinaria

This recipe is for a fresh ham, but you could use the maple glaze with cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg on a precooked one, too. Prepared simply by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, this ham is roasted in the oven with little fuss. One 8- to 10-lb. ham will feed “6 teenage boys, 16 adults, or 26 twenty-something models.”

3. Red currant-pomegranate glazed ham, from Taking On Magazines (One Recipe at a Time)

The Mom Chef ham

From The Mom Chef

“I may not make ham in any other way again,” writes a blogger who calls herself the Mom Chef, describing this recipe. Pomegranate juice “infuses” the ham with flavor, with an assist from red currant jelly, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard.

Also, it’s made in a slow cooker, which frees the oven for other pursuits.

4. Pineapple mustard-glazed ham from The Bitten Word

“Ham and pineapple is, of course, a classic combo,” write the Bitten Word boys, venerable magazine-recipe-testers and entertaining blog hosts. “Adding country-style whole-grain mustard keeps this glaze from being too sickly sweet, and using fresh pineapples rescues the ham from Kennedy-era cliches—or at least it clears your conscience.”

As originally printed in Martha Stewart Living magazine, this glaze is made with fresh pineapple cooked in a simple syrup (sugar/water), and the ham itself is drizzled with white wine and studded with cloves. Perfect.

Jamie cooks it up

From Jamie Cooks It Up

5. Orange-glazed ham with mustard sauce from Jamie Cooks It Up

Jamie, the intrepid host of Jamie Cooks It Up, posted this recipe right before Christmas last year, advising readers to “pair it with a simple-to-make mustard sauce and your main course will be singing a new song of gladness.”

The glaze is a simple combination of butter, brown sugar, honey, orange juice, cinnamon and cloves. It’s like the best of all the previous recipes combined.

Your biggest challenge is which of these delectable glazes to choose – enjoy and happy holidays!

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