Apple Cider Glazed Ham

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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Apple Cider Glazed Ham


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

Description

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!


Ingredients

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  • 12 pound bone-in smoked ham
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 apples, quartered
  • 1 onion, quartered

Instructions

  1. Add the apple cider, Dijon mustard, thyme, garlic, butter, brown sugar and paprika to a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Allow to simmer until reduced by about half and thickened. Pour into a bowl to cool and thicken more to be able to glaze the ham.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Add the chicken stock, apples and onion pieces to the bottom of a large roasting pan fitted with a wire rack. Place the ham on top of the rack and pat dry with a paper towel. Use a pastry brush to glaze the ham with about half of the glaze.
  3. Loosely cover the ham with foil and bake for 2 hours. Uncover, baste with the rest of the glaze and bake for another 2 hours, or until an internal temperature of 140 degrees is reached in the thickest part of the meat. Each ham brand differs a bit – if the packaging has a specific internal cooking temperature to reach, use that one.
  4. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before thinly slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • A bone-in, boneless or spiral cut ham can be used for this recipe.
  • The glaze can be made in advance, refrigerated and re-heated slightly prior to use.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 133

Keywords: Apple Cider Glazed Ham

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