It’s hard to believe that Easter is less than a week away! Do you celebrate with a big Easter Dinner or do you enjoy a bit of time away with loved ones? Holidays are such a time for tradition.
Big family meals can also get pretty expensive. It’s hard because you want to lay out the very best spread, but budget is a big concern too! For us, Easter dinner means ham and because it’s popular over the holiday, it’s usually on sale. Of course you can buy an expensive glazed ham, but they are very expensive! Especially if you get a glazed ham. I’m going to make a suggestion this year, glaze your own!
I bought a bone-in ham at my local grocery store. It was only .99 cents a pound, so for 10 bucks, I got a huge ham, big enough for everyone to enjoy for just pennies! And the leftovers….well you know me, that’s my favorite part! I’ll have leftovers to make hash and several delicious soups!
So the first thing you’ll do when you’re ready to bake the ham is preheat the oven to 325 degrees. While the oven is heating, remove the ham from the packaging. Take a sharp knife and score around the ham. Score again in the opposite direction to create a criss-cross pattern. You can see mine, looks more tic tac toe, but oh well, you get the idea! 😉
Put the ham in a heavy bottom pan. Insert whole cloves in the criss/cross area all over the ham. How many will it take? That will depend on how many scores you put into the ham, but you’ll want to use a good handful. Then, just wrap it up tightly with foil and put it in the oven for 1 1/2 hours.
While it’s baking make the glaze. All you will need is 1 cup marmalade, 1/2 cup stone ground mustard, 1/2 cup ginger ale and a couple tablespoons of Sriracha sauce. Mix together well and heat to a boil. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool. At the 1 1/2 hour mark, remove the ham from the oven and baste the glaze all over the ham.
Return the ham to the oven, ever 15 minutes pull it out and baste it again. Continue this 3 or 4 times and you will have the most gorgeous hunk-o-ham! Depending on the size of your ham, it will take about another hour for a 10 pound ham to completely heat thru.
It’s time for dinner!
This is a terrific meal to serve family & friends. Fabulous flavor, so easy and economical too! For the complete recipe for glazed ham, please click here.