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festive holiday ham

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Lynette !
Gulf Breeze, FL

A special ham for the holidays that comes out of the oven looking like something in a magazine.

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Step up your holiday dinner with this seriously delicious ham recipe. Injecting it with a little triple sec not only makes the ham nice and juicy, but it also carries the orange flavor throughout the meat. The glaze has the perfect balance of sweet and tangy and thickens up perfectly while baking. After slicing the baked ham, we recommend pouring the glaze over the meat. A bonus with this holiday meal is the presentation of the ham is amazing. Tastes and looks good, a win-win.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 15
prep time 25 Min
cook time 3 Hr 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For festive holiday ham

  • 1
    9-10 pound smoked, fully cooked ham
  • whole cloves
  • 1/2 c
    triple sec
  • 1 1/2 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 c
    cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/3 c
    triple sec
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp
    prepared mustard
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 2
    oranges, peeled and sliced
  • maraschino cherries, halved

How To Make festive holiday ham

Test Kitchen Tips
Injecting a ham is a little different than poultry. It may come out of the other injection holes but keep injecting.
  • Scoring the ham and studding with cloves.
    Slice the skin from the ham. Score the fat on the ham in a diamond design and stud with cloves.
  • Injecting the ham.
    Inject 1/2 cup liqueur into ham, at 3-inch intervals.
  • Combining glaze ingredients in a saucepan.
    Combine the brown sugar and the next 7 ingredients in a medium saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Set the glaze aside.
  • Spooning the glaze over the ham.
    Place the ham, fat side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan; pour the brown sugar mixture over the ham.
  • A meat thermometer inserted into the ham.
    Insert a meat thermometer, making sure it does not touch fat or bone.
  • Covered ham baking in the oven.
    Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 2 1/2 hours, basting frequently with glaze.
  • Orange slices and cherries arranged on the ham.
    Arrange the orange slices over the exposed portion of the ham; secure with wooden picks. Place a cherry half in the center of each orange slice.
  • Baking the ham uncovered in the oven.
    Bake, uncovered, an additional 30 minutes or until thermometer registers 140 degrees.