Clove scented and brown sugar brushed spiral sliced ham is one of my favorite things to serve for a holiday dinner and one of the easiest to prepare. Recently I discovered a wonderful company that carries all grass-fed, pastured and organic meats including ham and I’m eager to share it with you. It’s called American Farmer’s Network and they have lovely beef, chicken and pork. And spiral sliced hams! All their meat is:
- Produced without any GMOs, growth hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides
- Preservative free
- Free range / humanely raised livestock
I love this company and the meat we’ve had is amazing. I don’t receive any compensation by recommending them. I just think they’re great and if you’re trying to eat healthier meats, I thought you’d like to know about them 🙂 Mostly, I’m excited because I can make my Perfect Holiday Glazed Ham!
My holiday menu looks like this:
- Perfect Holiday Glazed Ham with Orange-Curry Glaze
- Best ever Scalloped Potatoes
- Field Green Salad w/Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Gluten Free Dense & Luscious Carrot Cake
If you love scalloped potatoes, you really must try the above recipe. It’s perfect for a crowd and trust me, every single bit will get eaten, it’s that good! It’s creamy, cheesy and goes perfectly with ham or even roast beef!
Here’s how I do my spiral sliced ham:
- 1 Spiral sliced ham, 7-8 pounds
- 1 cup organic brown or coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons orange marmalade or peach jam
- 1 teaspoon Madras curry powder
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- Put your ham in a big, lightly greased roasting pan. Don't forget to remove the plastic button.
- Cover tightly with foil and bake for 12- 15 minutes a pound at 275 or till internal temp reaches 140.
- Mix sugar and spices in a small saucepan.
- Add the water, marmalade or jam, curry powder, and dijon mustard. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
- Remove ham from oven. Carefully remove foil covering.
- Using a basting brush, paint the glaze all over the cooked ham getting in between the layers a bit. Save leftover glaze.
- Place ham uncovered back in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve. Pass leftover glaze at the table.
- Some spiral sliced hams come with a spice packet. You can use it if you like but I usually toss it and make my own.
- Make a field green salad to go with your ham and scalloped potatoes. Add pomegranate seeds, sliced almonds, sections of little tangerines, and sliced onions. Use a balsamic vinaigrette to finish.
- Here are some of the products I use to make the glaze: Madras Curry Powder, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Orange Marmalade, and Annie’s Homegrown Organic Dijon Mustard.
- If you don’t like curry just leave it out! Add a little more dijon mustard and it will be fine. Or just use brown sugar and the spices. You could do honey instead of the marmalade, or, even apple butter would work in this glaze.
- Whatever you do, don’t throw away that ham bone! You will want it for soup come january and this is the perfect soup: Ham and Bean soup with Winter Vegetables. This is hands down my favorite soup on a cold winter’s night!