Honey-Glazed Ham

I suppose it’s my paleo pen pal tradition at this point — waiting until the very last minute to make my post!  This month has been somewhat of a tough one because of an extra long “to do” list with Christmas around.  This post is extremely special, because not only does it feature my pen pal’s wonderful secret ingredient…but it is a peek into my very own Christmas dinner for my family.

 

December Paleo Pen Pal

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Angela Vomacka in this month’s swap.  I was surprised to learn that she has access to her very own raw honey from some bees that are kept on her property!  So very cool!  Honey, of course, is something that I can get here in town…but knowing that it came from her very own home was such a special treat.  Typically I use honey for one thing – sweetening treats.  I don’t  use honey in any sort of savory way because if I am going to eat it then I’m probably cheating as it is!  Well, in this case Christmas dinner is the perfect occasion for treating yourself.

Jason and I had given lots and lots of thought as to what type of meat we would prepare for Christmas dinner.  Turkey has grown old — we had that for Thanksgiving.  Jason was voting for lamb.  When I found out that Angela was sending me raw honey…oh my goodness…I couldn’t help but yell, “ham!”

If you look up recipes for preparing ham it is so difficult to find ones that are not full of junk or sweetness.  They all call for brown sugar, or pineapple…  I didn’t want to use the honey in a way where it would get lost in flavor (like in a baked good.)  I wanted it to stand out and shine on my ham, but at the same time I wanted my ham to be savory…not overly sweet.  Here’s what I came up with — and let me tell you, it was outstanding!

I know the Christmas celebrations are coming to an end — but this ham would make a great New Year’s dinner as well.  Not to mention, think of all the fun things you can do with leftover ham and a ham bone!!??  I am just as excited about future meals as I am about this one.  🙂

Thank you, Angela, for your wonderful ingredient and your friendship.

 

Ingredients

  • 10-12 lb. ham, uncooked
  • 1/2 c. raw honey
  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

 

Process

  1. Bake your ham according to weight.  Cook at around 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes per pound.  Sometimes it helps to cover your ham with foil for this timeframe so that it doesn’t dry out on you.
  2. Combine melted butter and thyme in a small bowl.
  3. Cook apple cider vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced to about 1 tbsp.
  4. Whisk vinegar into butter and thyme mixture along with honey, Worcestershire and spices.
  5. Let glaze sit at room temperature until ham is almost done — with around 30 minutes to spare.
  6. Brush glaze all over your ham; use all of it!  Continue to bake for 30 minutes, uncovered.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

 

 

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8 Responses to “Honey-Glazed Ham”

  1. Elaine says:

    This was a great and easy alternative to using the bag of sugar that came with my ham. Butter and honey – delish!

    • jennifer says:

      I agree — some glaze recipes out there are so sweet you can hardly taste the pig! Glad you enjoyed it 😉

  2. Janelle says:

    Hi Jennifer! This looks delicious – was wondering if this could be done in a crock pot as well?

    • jennifer says:

      Janelle, I am sure a slow-cooker would work perfectly for this! I have never tried it, but I’m sure it would be super moist. I would recommend mixing the butter, honey and spices together and spreading it all over before hand and then letting it go for 4-6 hours. The only thing you might miss out on is the crisp browning you achieve from the butter and oven. Let me know how it works if you try it! 🙂

  3. Marianna says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe! I made it for my extended family for Christmas dinner, and everyone loved it! It’s so easy and so yummy! Thanks again! =)

    • jennifer says:

      Marianna, thank you for your comment and for trying the recipe out. I am so pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed it at Christmas dinner! I love the simplicity to this one, too.

      Happy New Year to you — take care. 🙂

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