Sometimes deciding on the grand main course for Christmas
dinner is the hardest part. Of course you want it to be spectacular. But do you
really have time to make an involved dish with the kids running around and
relatives all over the place? My answer is to make a delicious, yet simple,
Your Christmas Ham Strategy:
Glaze the ham with a sweet and salty mustard glaze that
is guaranteed to infuse it with moisture and flavor everyone will love. (Side
note: Perish the thought of plugging a million cloves into the thing, it will
take hours and isn’t worth it!)
Determine the baking time based on weight and slide it
into the oven at the predetermined hour.
Rest easy because you know you are going to have the
perfect main course ready to eat when you want. It even rests just fine if your
dinner time gets pushed a little it due to unforeseen toddler episodes or the
need for a quick walk before dinner.
Save the scraps to make ham sandwiches and soup on the 26th.
Nobody will want to lift a finger due to sheer exhaustion. And with all of
those amazing leftovers, they won’t have to.
RECIPE: Holiday Glazed Ham
Serves approximately 8 people, with plenty of leftovers
1 15-pound fully cooked spiral cut ham
1 cup apricot jam
½ cup Dijon mustard
½ cup light brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl stir
together the jam, mustard, and light brown sugar.
Place the ham on a roasting pan and brush the
apricot-mustard glaze evenly over the top. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or
until the ham is heated through and the glaze is brown and bubbly. Remove the
ham from the oven and tent it with aluminum foil for 10 minutes to rest. Slice