I’m the Holiday Ham Gal. I volunteer to bring one to almost every family get-together. I love hams so much. I’ve made 3 already this fall, and will probably make another few before the end of December! They’re relatively easy to prepare and hard to mess up. My favorites are city hams – ones that have been cured and [usually] smoked and simply require reheating and a glaze. Since they’re easier to use, I usually buy spiral sliced hams, but if you want a big chunk of meat, go with the whole ham.
I partnered with ALDI for today’s recipe, and I’m sharing a tasty glaze for all you Holiday Ham Gals and Guys out there. ALDI sells a variety of hams, and this Appleton Farms Hickory Smoked Boneless Spiral Sliced Ham is my favorite. You can find SO many great, affordable + seasonal items at ALDI this time of year – find your nearest location here and get shopping! A new ALDI just opened about 15 minutes from me (the closest store used to be 40 minutes away) and I couldn’t be more excited – they have such a modern, welcoming, and organized in-store experience!
Back to the ham! This glaze is mainly made with red wine (specifically, the Crimson Roots Dark Red Blend; this wine won a silver medal in the World Wine Championship Awards from the Beverage Tasting Institute with 87 points!), maple syrup, fresh orange juice, and brown sugar. I’ve made glazes with soda and beer, but this wine glaze is my favorite. The Crimson Roots Dark Red Blend has hints of wild berries, cherries and plums, which are highlighted by baking spice notes of clove and nutmeg. It pairs well with hearty dishes, so pour yourself a glass with your holiday ham!
A Holiday Ham with Red Wine and Citrus Glaze
serves: depends on size of ham; a 4-lb ham should serve at least 8; typically allow 1/3 – 1/2 lb per person
prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: cooking time will vary based on size of ham; allow 10-12 minutes per pound
1 Appleton Farms Hickory Smoked Boneless Spiral Sliced Ham, about 4 lbs
1/2 cup Crimson Roots Dark Red Blend wine
1/4 cup Nature’s Nectar or fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
1/2 cup SimplyNature Organic Light Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Burman’s Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Unwrap ham, reserve liquid, and place ham on rack in roasting pan. Pour reserved liquid over ham, then cover tightly with foil. Bake in pre-heated oven for about 10-12 minutes per pound.
While ham is heating, prepare glaze. Place all ingredients except mustard in a small pan. Heat to boil, then lower to rapid simmer until it begins to thicken and reduce, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and whisk in mustard.
When ham is 10 minutes from being done, remove from oven and increase temperature to 400 degrees F. Remove foil and brush ham thoroughly with glaze. Place ham back in oven – uncovered – for about 10 minutes or until ham is heated to 140 degrees F. Remove ham from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Slice and serve! Pour yourself a glass of the Crimson Roots Dark Red Blend while you’re at it!
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