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Honey Glazed Ham

Photograph by The Naptime Chef

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, holiday ham.

Your Christmas Ham Strategy:

  1. 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!)
  2. Determine the baking time based on weight and slide it into the oven at the predetermined hour.
  3. 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.
  4. 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl stir together the jam, mustard, and light brown sugar.
  2. 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 and serve!

Recipe via The Naptime Chef

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