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Roasted ham is a classic Christmas entree that’s sure to please family and friends of all ages. While there’s something comforting about a tried-and-true traditional recipe, this oven roasted cranberry-Dijon glazed ham is a holiday flavor-packed option that’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory.
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 5-6 pound cooked ham
- Combine cranberries, water and honey in a medium saucepan. Set over medium heat.
- Stir occasionally for about 4-5 minutes, until most of the cranberries have popped.
- Add Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and cayenne pepper.
- Continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes until the sauce is thick and syrupy. Remove from heat.
- If you have an immersion blender, use it to puree the sauce. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer the mixture to a regular blender. Leave the top of the blender vented to allow steam to escape, and cover with a towel. Blend it up until smooth.)
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a roasting pan with a roasting rack so that the ham doesn’t cook in its own juices and become soggy on the bottom.
- Place the ham on the roasting rack and use a sharp serrated knife to score the ham diagonally.
- Use a brush to coat the ham all over with the cranberry sauce. (You will repeat this process once more about 20 minutes before the ham is done.)
- Place the pan in the oven and roast for 1 1/2 to 2 ¼ hours, or until a thermometer registers 135 degrees Fahrenheit (about 20-25 minutes per pound). Note: you don’t need to worry about the temperature too much since the ham is already cooked. You just want to make sure it’s hot all the way through.
- 20 minutes before you think the ham will be done, brush with sauce one more time, just as you did in step 8.
- Serve the ham with the remaining glaze (warm it up in the microwave or on the stove since it will be cool by now). Enjoy!
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