For Christmas dinner I wanted to bake a ham. Normally Doug grills a prime rib roast on the charcoal grill but we weren't sure we wanted to hang around too much on Christmas day. I'd been on about a ham anyway so we had ridden to Jones Country Meats and picked up a 12-pounder.
Here it is. Christmas Day Baked Ham
Anyway......fast forward to the planning. We decided when the ham needed to go in the oven but I had not earmarked any particular recipe. Bad planning, right? I wrote out the recipe for a nice glaze involving apple cider, maple syrup, apple jelly, allspice and more. We went to the grocery store and I discovered I had left the list on the table. Trying to remember everything on the list we grabbed what we needed.
Except the apple jelly. Didn't know this until Christmas day - about a half hour before we planned to pop it in the oven. Great.
So we abandoned the idea of that particular glaze and searched around on the Internet for other ways to cook and glaze a ham. Ought to be simple, right? Holy cow, there are so many variations on cook times and glazes. Enough to make you drink. Which we did...later on.
Some recipes call for 15 minutes per pound, some 20 and some 22 minutes per pound. That can make a difference. In the end I made a brown sugar and maple syrup glaze. I also overcooked the ham by 45 minutes. It was still good but would have been better (I think) if I had pulled it out earlier.
The two of us shared a nice meal and it honestly was good. We served it with roasted sweet potato and blue lake green beans.
Next time I bake a smoked ham, I am going with 15 minutes per pound and then coating the ham with a glaze after an hour. Live and learn! I now have lots of apple cider to dispose of......I wonder if that would be good heated up, sipped as we sit by a fire outside?
This is my Christmas Ham story and I will add this link to my meal planning....that ought to post by Saturday.
How was your Christmas? Food? Friends and family? Did you have a good time? I hope so.
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