If you’re looking to take your Holiday ham to the next level give this Cider Baked Holiday Ham Recipe a try; its moist and delicious.
There are very few recipes I have prepared using oven bags so I decided to give this one a try. The oven bag holds the moisture in, and the apple cider added to the roasting bag gives the ham a good flavor. Usually I will use pineapple slices to cover the outside of the ham but because this recipe calls for a brown sugar glaze I decided to leave them off. However I think the pineapple still would have paired with the other ingredients very well.
It does take some time to put this Cider Baked Holiday Ham Recipe together, so look the recipe over good, and allow enough time in your Holiday schedule to put it all together. Enjoy
- 1 large oven bad
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon whole cloves
- 3¼ quarts apple cider
- 8 cups ice cubes
- 1 bone in half ham (7 – 10 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- In a large sauce pan mix together 4 cups apple cider, cloves, and cinnamon, and bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Pour the mixture into a container large enough to hold the ham. Add 4 more cups of apple cider, and then the ice, stirring occasionally until ice is melted. Remove any skin from the ham and trim the fat down to about a 1/ 4 inch. Score the ham down about a 1/ 2 inch in a diamond pattern 1 – 2 inches apart. Place the ham in the cider mixture; ham should be mostly covered, add some cold water if needed. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
- minutes before you plan on roasting the ham remove the ham from the marinade and discard mixture. Place the ham in the oven bag along with 1 cup of apple cider, seal the bag, and cut several small slits on top for venting. Place the bag in a roasting pan and let rest for 90 minutes at room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 300F with oven rack set at the lowest position. Roast the ham for 1 1/ 2 to 2 hours to an internal temperature of 100F.
- While the ham is cooking in a medium size sauce pan mix together the mustard and 4 cups of cider. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the cider is reduced to about 1/ 3 cup. Set aside (Mixture should by syrupy – this will take about an hour). In a medium size bowl mix together the brown sugar and pepper, and set aside.
- Remove the ham from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 400F. Let the ham rest for 5 minutes; roll the bag back to uncover the ham and using a pastry brush, brush the apple cider syrup mixture over the ham. Using your hands pack the brown sugar mixture around the exterior of the ham. Return the ham uncovered into the oven and bake until brown sugar is dark and caramelized. (15 – 20 minutes)
- Remove the ham to a serving platter and let rest lightly covered with aluminum foil for about 15 minutes.
Adapted from Cooks Country Magazine