Honey Baked Ham
Make Christmas dinner special with one of our honey-baked ham recipes. Make the honey glaze the night before, so all you have to do for Christmas dinner is bake and baste the ham -- and take in the applause at the table.
To strike the perfect balance between salty and sweet, get the hang of how to make a honey baked ham. It's a classic holiday dish, but there's no need to save it for special occasions--it makes a satisfying dinner (with guaranteed leftovers!) any day of the year.
Make the brown sugar and orange juice glaze and prepare the ham in just 15 minutes. Then relax while it bakes in the oven.
Once you learn how to cook a honey-glazed ham in your own kitchen you'll find it's just as easy to make one at home as it is to make the trip to a specialty store for a pre-sliced ham with a packet of glaze. What's more, you'll find the homemade version is considerably less expensive.
Orange marmalade and honey pair up to make a tangy sweet sauce for a holiday ham.
Plan on using the leftover ham in sandwiches or at breakfast or brunch.
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