This Caramelized Orange Honey Glazed Ham will have your relatives thinking you’re the next Rachel Ray.
I created this recipe for my annual Friendsgiving. It came to me when I was shopping for the big event. Usually I’d pick up the classic spiral ham that comes with a little sauce package.
However, I was shopping “kid-less” and taking more time than normal to read labels. As I read the back of the sauce packet, sudden shock glazed over me. (Get the pun there?) High fructose corn syrup and three other kinds of sugar were at the top of the list. That was all I needed to see. I decided to make my own glaze, and buy a more local ham too. This glazed ham had to be stupendous.
How To Prep A Ham Before The Glaze
First, make sure your ham is defrosted all the way. I like to transfer mine to the fridge at least 48 hours before I am going to cook it. This recipe is intended for a 6-10 lb ham. If yours is larger, you may want to double the glaze recipe.
When you are ready to cook the ham, take it out of the fridge, and remove any plastic wrapping. Set it in a large roasting pan on it’s side.
To properly get the flavor of a glaze into a ham, you need to make a diamond cut on the top and sides of the ham. To do this, cut into the ham starting at one side and moving at an angle towards the other side. Do this in 1-2 inch strips. Then cut in the other direction. Make your cuts anywhere from 3-6 inches deep, going as deep as possible, but trying not to hit the bone. Once done, the ham will be covered in diamond cuts on the top and sides.
I made a video to illustrate this for you.
Once you have the ham cut, it’s time to insert whole cloves.
I like putting them into the corners of the diamonds, simply because it looks so beautiful. When all is said and done, don’t you want the main dish to look as good as it tastes??
Making The Glaze
Now it’s time to make the glaze! Get out a medium sauce pan. Combine all glaze ingredients and heat to a boil. Stirring constantly, bring the sauce back down to a simmer for 3-4 minutes. The orange will start to caramelize slightly as it simmers and the sauce thickens up.
The fun part! Drizzle the entire sauce over the ham. Cover in foil and bake for 2-2 1/2 hours depending on the weight and how your oven works. My ham was 9 lbs and it cooked in 2 hours.
Try this recipe for Christmas dinner, everyone will love it and it can double as an incredible centerpiece!