Move over, turkey, and make way for traditional baked Christmas ham recipes. It's easy to see why ham is a go-to choice at Christmastime - like turkey, ham requires very little fuss once it's in the oven, makes a stunning impression on a platter, and is easily sliced into individual portions. And there's nothing more heavenly than the scent of a honey-glazed, clove-studded ham as it roasts - the aroma says "holiday" the moment you step into the house. Plus, ham plays nicely with lots of different side dishes, so you can invite your family and friends to bring over all kinds of vegetables, salads, and desserts and know that the meal - like your family - will make good company.See Popular Christmas Ham Recipes
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A good old country ham or a spiral-cut ham makes a classic centerpiece to your Christmas feast. And since it's a special meal, make your Christmas ham extraspecial as well, without spending a bundle. One way to do that is with your glaze, which can turn an ordinary piece of meat into a succulent dish with an array of subtle (and not so subtle flavors).
It's easy to make a ham glaze. Give this one a try and you'll see. Simple and delicious!
F&W's Marcia Kiesel loves the juicy ham from Karl Ehmer Quality Meats (karlehmer.com).
Need a new ham glaze? Try this apple-mustard version. It's super easy to make.
This ham is fully cooked and ready to eat, so it's so, so easy to prepare.
Dried tart red cherries provide a fruity balance to this savory ham main dish recipe. If you prefer, substitute dried cranberries to add a Christmas touch.
All eyes may be on what Santa brought Christmas morning, but by 11 or so, everyone's buried in a pile of wrapping paper, the dog's wandering around with a bow around his neck, and dolls are strewn about like casualties, the sense of mini-calamity heightened by the intermittent burst of toy gun fire (thanks, grandma and grandpa for the laser guns with five sound settings!) That's what makes Christmas dinner so important -- so critical. It's the thing that pulls you out of the Christmas morning stupor, a rallying point that motivates everyone (well, the adults at least) to climb out of the wreckage of boxes and bows and get moving again.
Before making your Christmas ham, ask yourself this simply question: "What is ham?" Go on, define it! Not as easy as you thought, is it?
Sometimes, the simplest recipes are really the best, as demonstrated by this stellar baked ham. With only 3 ingredients -- rich, dark rum, sweet, refreshing pineapple, and tangy dry mustard -- this incredible glaze delivers unbelievable flavor, without any fuss. Set this recipe aside, because it is sure to become your go-to for every holiday season.
Butcher Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats in San Francisco likes to brine fresh ham in a chile-spiked liquid. The pork skin turns wonderfully crackly in the oven.
It's not too late to save Christmas! No matter how many relatives and unexpected guests are sleeping on your couches (the spare bedrooms filled up long ago), you can have a gorgeous Christmas brunch tomorrow morning, thanks to this make-ahead Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole from the blog Foodie Crush. Here's the secret of this gooey, cheesy, Italian-like holiday strata, right from the blogger herself.
Fully-cooked Smithfield Spiral Ham is a holiday favorite you can enjoy all year round and comes with a choice of honey or brown sugar glaze flavors.
Few holiday meats are easier to cook than a ham. Just season and let it bake.