Apple Cider Glazed Ham combines the classic flavors of pork and apples. A smoked ham is basted with a homemade apple cider glaze bursting with flavor from fresh herbs and seasonings. As the ham bakes, the outside becomes decadently caramelized and infused with apple cider glaze. The perfect main dish for any holiday table!
What Kind of Ham to Use
First step in bringing this recipe to life is picking out a ham! Grocery stores are usually over-flowing with them during the holiday season and there are several different varieties to choose from. Whichever one you choose, make sure it is one that is pre-smoked or baked. That means, all we are doing when cooking it is adding flavor and bringing it up to temperature. Easy peasy!
- Bone-in ham: this is the selection I chose! It will take a bit longer to heat through as it has a bone in it, but the bone helps add flavor and keep things juicy.
- Boneless ham: easier to slice and serve and comes to temperature quicker than bone-in.
- Spiral-cut: this option also comes in bone-in or boneless options. No slicing necessary here at it is already spiral cut! Make sure to get the glaze down into all the slices as it cooks to help keep it moist.
Apple Cider Glaze
This apple cider glaze is all sorts of delicious and worth the time it takes to make it! Simmering together apple cider, Dijon mustard, herbs, brown sugar and seasonings makes one decadent glaze. The main thing for this glaze is to give it time to reduce by about half and allowing it to rest and cool. If not, then the glaze will be too runny and will slide right off the ham instead of sticking to it and infusing it with flavor.
The glaze could even be made in advance, stored in the refrigerator and re-heated slightly when ready for use.
Tips for Roasting a Ham
If you’ve never roasted a ham before, have no fear! A few simple tips to keep in mind will make this process a breeze:
- Have a roasting pan ready to go that fits your ham. Depending on what size of ham you buy, a standard 9×13 pan may be too small. I recommend having one of these roasting pans with a wire rack on hand.
- Add liquid and aromatics such as onions and apples to the bottom of the pan to help keep the ham moist and flavorful.
- Cover with foil for half of the baking to help speed up the heating process.
- Have a meat thermometer on hand to know exactly when the ham is heated through.
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