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Honey Mustard Glazed Ham

Life has been crazy busy these past three tumultuous weeks. I have been having a hard time keeping up with my blog posts on a daily basis but hopefully things settle down so I can get my groove back.

Onwards to a recipe!

I purchased a bone-in ham at the beginning of the month. Due to life having other plans, I did not get the chance to bake the ham as I had planned. This week my scheduled cleared up a little so I baked the ham.

I love baked ham as the leftovers can be transformed into many delicious meals: Hawaiian pizza (recipe coming soon), Ham and Potato Soup (recipe coming soon), and Ham and Cheese Sandwiches (recipe coming soon), to name a few.

This recipe has to be one of the best baked ham recipes I have tried. The ham had a crispy crust and juicy tender meat. Trimming off most of the fat off the ham is essential for a crisp crust; but don't over trim otherwise you will end up with a dry ham.

I will definitely make this recipe again!

9 pound smoked, bone-in ham
1 cup honey
1/4 cup mustard
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
4 tbsp unsalted butter

1. Take the ham out of the refrigerator 30 minutes beforehand to allow it to rest at room temperature.

2. Remove plastic packaging and netting from the ham. Trim off any excess fat, leaving about 1/4 inch layer of fat.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

4. Line a baking sheet with two large sheets of aluminium foil (be generous as it will make cleaning up easier). Place the ham, cut side down on the baking sheet. Cover the ham with a piece of parchment paper. Then tightly cover the ham and parchment paper with a piece of aluminium foil.

5. Place the ham on the lower third of the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

6. In a small saucepan over medium low heat, mix the honey, mustard, brown sugar and butter together. Once the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved, set aside and allow it to cool to room temperature.

7. Once the 45 minutes is up, remove the ham from the oven and increase the temperature to 425 degrees F. Discard the foil and parchment paper.

8. With a sharp knife, score a diamond pattern (no deeper than 1/4 inch) all over the ham.

9. Brush the ham with a third of the glaze and return the ham back to the oven. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.

10. Remove from the oven and brush with another third of the glaze. Return to the oven and bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.

11. Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining glaze. Return to the oven and bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes until a dark golden-brown crust has formed.

12. Allow the ham to rest for 20 to 30 minutes before slicing.

Source: Slightly adapted from Chow

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