You’ve volunteered to host Christmas dinner this year. The rolls are ready, the salad is all set and your vegetable dishes are vast and vibrant, but you need a little something to create the best Christmas ham and keep your family talking until the next holiday get-together.
Fear not! We’ve put together a list of four recipes that will please your tastebuds and your guest’s palates. From tradition to modern and even a mixture for the everyday home cook, we’ve got you covered with these glazes that are sure to elevate your dish to the best Christmas ham.
Baked in Tradition
For those who favor tradition, use the age-old blend of brown sugar, mustard and pineapple juice to create a glaze to rival that of your grandmother’s. This recipe blends the sweetness of the brown sugar with the tartness and acidity of the pineapple juice for a perfect bite of sweet and savory ham.
If you’d like to create a glaze that uses spirits, try mixing rye whiskey with honey, molasses, red pepper flakes and black pepper. This variation of the best Christmas ham will give you a dish that is smoky, sweet and spicy. The red pepper flakes and black pepper will give it an added heat.
Make It Pop
Grab your favorite can of soda pop and create a sweet, syrupy glaze. While you could baste and roast with the beverage on its own, combine it with unexpected partners like prunes, mustard, brown sugar and cider vinegar for a mouthful of flavors you won’t soon forget.
Sweet and Savory
Make a ham that is inspired by the season by using its most popular flavors! The best Christmas ham that is sweet and savory uses a combination of apple cider, brown sugar, butter dijon mustard, bourbon, cinnamon sticks, cloves, black peppercorns and grated nutmeg. You’ll need to prepare this glaze in advance, but the smells will put you in a festive mood right away.
It doesn’t matter if you’re the host with the most or nervously heading your first family gathering – use one of these glaze recipes and you’ll create the best Christmas ham possible. And don’t forget to utilize your double wall oven to save time and space and your induction burners for precise cooking control!