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Easy Baked Ham

Ham is always a big hit in our house! It’s so easy to cook and I can feed a lot of hungry kids. When I’m making a ham just for our family, I don’t bother with a glaze, but I’m including my favorite glaze recipe here as well. To make this recipe even simpler, I call for a spiral-cut ham, so you don’t need to spend a lot of time carving the ham. With this recipe I am hopeful you’re encouraged to make family Sunday dinner a tradition in your house.

Easy Baked Ham
Author: Kate Wagner
Serves: 10-12
Behold the 2 ingredient recipe! Of course, you can make the glaze, but I only take that step for company or a holiday – otherwise the kids are so happy to just have normal, delicious ham. Check out my improvised cutting board – I don’t own a cutting board with a rim, so whenever I need to carve a protein I simply place a flexible cutting board inside a rimmed sheet pan and I am ready to go. Happy cooking!
  • 7 – 8 lb Spiral Ham
  • 1 cup Apple juice
  • 1 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar, light
  1. Preheat oven to 250.
  2. Place ham in a large shallow baking dish (I have a 4 quart Pyrex dish that I use in this recipe).
  3. Pour apple juice over the ham.
  4. Cover ham with parchment paper followed by aluminum foil tightly crimped to the baking dish.
  5. Cook until warmed through, 1 3/4 – 2 hours.
  6. Carefully remove to a lined cutting board to cool slightly before carving.
  7. If glazing, whisk vinegar, mustard and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  8. Slowly pour over the ham, using a pastry or basting brush to get the glaze inside the spiral slices.
  9. Increase oven temperature to 425 and return the ham to the oven for 15 minutes.
  10. Finally, carefully remove the ham to a lined cutting board to cool before carving.


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