Ham. I love ham.
I grew up having smoked boneless ham for many holiday meals.
It was simply heated, nothing fancy, nothing special. But oh so savory and tasty! Want to know something kind of crazy? I dipped my chunks of ham into sour cream. Oh so good!
I remember the first experience I had with a spiral sliced ham. It was at Thanksgiving at my Aunt and Uncles. They decided to order a honey glazed spiral sliced ham to have on hand in case we ran out of turkey.
Now I am all about tradition, but after tasting that ham, they needed to worry about running out of ham, NOT turkey. My entire family–cousins, aunts, uncles, siblings, grandparents and parents inhaled that ham. It was so sweet and juicy. YUM!
As I have gotten older, I have had many experiences with spiralized hams. Ones at parties, at sandwich shops, at family gatherings, and the ones my sweet Mother-In-Law cooks–and dries out, bless her heart (she cooks them for 8-10 hours on high in the slow cooker). And except for those dried out ones, I love them. But I have found a new favorite.
Oh my word. You NEED to try this!
It is a pre-bought spiralized ham (I spend the extra and go for nitrate and hormone free) that I threw the glaze package away and made my own. Not complicated–just some honey, orange juice, Dijon mustard, and the magic sauce–Balsamic Fig Vinegar. But this is out of this world! I wanted to drink the glaze but refrained myself.
My Ultimate favorite way to use leftover ham is in Cheesy Ham and Scalloped Potatoes.
But truly anyway you can think to use homemade glazed ham–this works. Not too sweet, not too savory. The perfect balance.
I promise you this is a dish that will impress. It is perfect for any holiday or special event. Or even just to make for your own family and then you get to have it all to yourself, or utilize for leftover dishes.
Notes on Easy Homemade Honey Glazed Ham:
- If you need your ham to be Gluten-Free, be sure to carefully read the label on your ham.
- If you can’t find, or don’t want to purchase, Balsamic Fig Vinegar–use Fig Preserves heated up.
- If you want a Paleo Ham–use a Maple Syrup instead of Honey and you will have a Maple Glazed Ham that will be just as delicious.
- If you are looking to cook for direction on how to cook your ham in a roaster oven: cover the bottom of the roaster oven with water and place the rack in the roaster. Set the ham on top of the rack and cover. Cooker at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Then glaze as directed and cook for another 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Balsamic Fig Glazed Ham
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Wrap ham in foil and place on roasting rack in roasting pan. Pour enough water to cover bottom of roasting pan, but not deep enough to touch ham .
Cook ham for 2 hours.
Mix together honey, vinegar and Dijon together until well blended.
Remove ham from oven and turn heat to 400 degrees. Remove foil off ham.
Brush the glaze all over the ham, allowing to drip down into the sliced portions of the ham. Return to oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.