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Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
I made this glaze while preparing a spiral sliced ham in the CI way, see Moist Spiral Cut Ham With Pineapple Honey Glaze . I don't much care for ruby port, so used tawny port and also light brown sugar. I reduced the pepper to 1/2 tsp., use more if you wish.A key to this recipe is the quality of cherry preserves. I used preserves from the Kedainiu konservu fabrikas, which contain 35% cherries and no preservatives. I found these at a large ethnic grocery.
- Simmer the port in a small saucepan over medium heat until it is reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 5 minutes.
- Add the brown sugar, cherry preserves, and ground pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is thick, syrupy and reduced to 1 cup, 5 to 10 minutes.
- To use as glaze, bake your ham until it reached an internal temperature of 100 degrees.
- Remove ham from oven and increase oven temperature to 350 degrees.
- Cut open the oven bag (if using the CI method) and roll back the sides to expose the ham.
- Brush ham with about one-third of the glaze (a silicone brush is highly recommended).
- Return to the oven until the glaze becomes sticky, about 10 minutes.
- Remove ham from the oven, transfer to a cutting board, and brush te entire ham with another third of the glaze. (If the glaze has thickened, just reheat it briefly).
- Let the ham rest, loosely covered with foil, for 15 minutes.
- Heat the remaining third of the glaze with 4 to 6 tablespoons of the ham juices, until it forms a thick but fluid sauce. Pass the sauce with the ham.
- Note: I think this recipe makes enough for probably six people, at best, but did not really measure it out after adding the juices. Also, I found the ham juices very salty, and would probably use just two or three spoons of ham drippings, and low-sodium broth or water for the rest.