What’s better than a delicious holiday ham? You’d think growing up I wouldn’t get much access to pork. And you’d think right, but oddly enough I always had some sort of access to ham. Long before the days of Heavenly Ham or Honey Ham as they call it now, you would just buy a ham from the grocery store and “cook” it in the oven.
You can buy a raw ham from the butcher counter and truly delve into the world of ham. But I went the easy route. For once. I just bought this from my local Whole Foods and baked it in the oven and an hour later, the piggy magic occurred.
Make this for lunch and you’ll have great ham sandwiches all week!
Ham is great for Christmas dinner or any other holiday meal. Honestly the best thing about a baked ham, are the ham sandwiches that come the day after. They are always so satisfying and exactly what you really want from a ham sandwich. Deli Ham just doesn’t do the ham sandwich justice when baked ham is an option. Did you think you were going to get just an in-depth analysis on the wonderful world of ham today? I think not!
And just an FYI, ham comes from the hind leg of the pig. One final interesting factoid from wikipedia: “The precise nature of meat termed “ham” is controlled, often by statute, in a number of areas, including the United States and European Union, meaning that only products meeting a certain set of criteria can be called ham” #hamlaw
Knowledge is power!
1 Smoked Cured Ham
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/8 Cup of Maple Syrup
1/2 Tsp. Ground Cloves
Mix the sugar, vinegar, maple syrup, and gloves together. Transfer to a saucepan and allow glaze to thicken, be careful not to burn the glaze.
Pre-heat the oven to 350F, and bake the ham for 30 minutes. At the thirty minute mark, add the glaze, and then bake for another 15 minutes. Continuously add glaze throughout these 15 minutes.