Ham It Up!

READY IN: 4hrs 30mins
Recipe by CountryLady

Ham is a traditional part of Holiday dinners in my home; it requires virtually no preparation before roasting. There are many kinds of ham available – the traditional bone-in found whole (or halved & sold as the larger butt or rump end), boneless (whole or halved) & spiral-cut hams which is my favourite. I make it with the red currant glaze & serve it with a cranberry-orange sauce at Christmas but prefer the brown sugar glaze & fresh pineapple salsa at Easter. I freeze the meaty ham bone for split pea or bean soup another day!

Top Review by mollypaul

We made this with the red currant glaze...delicious.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place ham, fat side up, on rack in roasting pan; pour in 2 cups of water.
  2. Cover tightly with foil & roast in 325F oven for 3 hours.
  3. BROWN SUGAR GLAZE: Combine all ingredients in a bowl; set aside.
  4. RED CURRANT GLAZE: Combine all ingredients in a bowl; set aside.
  5. Remove ham from oven and remove skin (if present) by sliding a sharp knife underneath the skin & lifting it off; trim fat layer to ¼ in thickness and diagonally score the fat side to form diamond shapes.
  6. Brush about 1/3 of the glaze of your choice over the ham; continue roasting, brushing 2 more times with the glaze, until crusty, caramel-colour and meat thermometer inserted into the center registers 140F, about an hour.
  7. Transfer to cutting board & tent with foil; let rest about 20 minutes.
  8. ORANGE CRANBERRY SAUCE can be made up to 24 hours in advance: Bring all ingredients (except corn starch) to a boil in a heavy saucepan; reduce heat & simmer for 10 minutes.
  9. Whisk cornstarch with 2 tbsp water; whisk into saucepan & cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute.
  10. FRESH PINEAPPLE SALSA can be made up to 24 hours in advance: Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  11. To carve the ham: Cut down to bone into ¼ inch thick slices; with knife parallel to the bone, cut off slices parallel to the bone.
  12. Serve the ham with sauce or salsa – your choice!

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