Best Glaze for Spiral Ham (Only 2 Ingredients)

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Ditch that packet of brown sugar glaze that came with your spiral ham, and make this super easy 2-ingredient glaze instead! I don’t think you’ll have any leftover ham, but just in case I’m also sharing 9 most delicious leftover ham recipes for you!

Ditch that packet of brown sugar glaze that came with your spiral ham, and make this super easy 2-ingredient glaze instead! I don't think you'll have any leftover ham, but just in case I'm also sharing 9 most delicious leftover ham recipes for you! #spiralham #EasterHam #howtocookham


 

An introduction to Spiral Cut Ham

Just look at that beautiful glaze!

It’s no boring brown sugar glaze. And no, not honey pineapple glaze either! This year, let’s try something different, like amazing raspberry mustard glaze!

It’s not only delicious, but it’s SOOOO easy! Just mix 2 ingredients, and VOILA! Not overly sweet, a little bit tangy, perfectly sticky and beautiful!

How to cook the best moist ham with raspberry mustard glaze. #spiralham #EasterHam #howtocookham

So, before we get into nitty-gritty of the spiral cut ham recipe, let’s discuss how to choose the best ham to serve for holidays.

It turns out there’re 3 varieties of American ham:

  • City hams – This’s the most common form of ham sold in the U.S. It’s wet-brined ham that’s usually sold fully-cooked. Spiral cut ham is precooked city ham, and it’s the easiest to prepare.
  • Country hams – This’s dry-cured ham, that’s sold mostly raw. Due to the nature of curing (packed in salt), this type of ham is drier and has much more intense flavor.
  • Fresh hams – This’s basically a raw pig’s leg.

As I mentioned above, spiral cut city ham is the easiest to cook, therefore it’s the way to go. BUT that’s not all. When you carefully read the labels, you’ll find another interesting information. Look out for “ham with natural juices” or “ham, water added”. That means ham contains 17-18.5% protein, and has 7-10% added water. I don’t recommend ham with a label “ham and water product”, because it means it can contain any amount of water. More water = less flavor! (You can read more about this here.)

So in conclusion, bone-in spiral cut ham with a label “ham with natural juices” or “ham, water added” is the best ham to buy for holidays.

Now, how much ham to buy to feed a crowd?

Typically, you want to plan for ½-¾lb per person, assuming you have a bone-in ham.

How to cook the best moist ham with raspberry mustard glaze. #spiralham #EasterHam #howtocookham

Spiral Ham Glaze Ingredients

  • Raspberry jelly – For deliciously smooth glaze, I recommend seedless jelly.
  • Dijon mustard – Tangy and spicy Dijon mustard balances out the sweetness of raspberry jelly.

How to cook a Spiral Ham in the Oven

Well, it’s easy. Earlier I mentioned, spiral cut ham is precooked ham. So you don’t need to actually cook it again. By roasting it in the oven, we’re basically reheating it and applying some delicious glaze. And to prevent moisture loss during reheating, we’ll wrap the whole thing in a foil and roast low and slow. (In the video below, I’ll show you how to wrap your ham so that it’ll be easy to unwrap later on.) To finish it off, we’ll open the foil and roast further with a glaze!

This low and slow roasting (reheating) method is guaranteed to serve you a beautiful moist ham. You’ll actually see a pool of ham juices in the bottom of the foil packet. It keeps your ham moist, while steaming during roasting. Oh and save all that juice for another use, like ham and potato soup!

How to cook the best moist ham with raspberry mustard glaze. #spiralham #EasterHam #howtocookham

Scroll down past the recipe for 9 delicious leftover ham recipes.

 How to cook the best moist ham with raspberry mustard glaze. #spiralham #EasterHam #howtocookham
9 Delicious Leftover Ham Recipes #spiralham #EasterHam #howtocookham

How do you cook a spiral ham without drying it out?

Place the spiral ham cut side down and cover it with aluminum foil. The moisture will be trapped inside preventing the ham from drying out.

When cooking spiral ham, should it be covered or uncovered?

Yes, the spiral ham should be covered while roasting.

How long to cook a Spiral Ham?

Since the spiral ham is already cooked, we’re simply reheating it. To thoroughly heat the ham, we roast the covered ham in low-temperature oven for 2 hours.

Serving Spiral Cut Ham

How to Cut a Spiral Ham

It’s so easy to cut a spiral ham. Using a sharp knife, cut the ham across the ham slices.

How to store Spiral Sliced Ham

Can you freeze a spiral ham?

Yes, you may freeze a spiral ham in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Spiral Ham FAQs

Do I put water in the pan with my ham?

No, you don’t need to put water in the pan.

Should spiral ham be room temperature before cooking?

It’s not necessary to bring the spiral ham to room temperature before roasting.

What is the difference between spiral ham and regular ham?

This’s the most common form of ham sold in the U.S. It’s wet-brined ham that’s usually sold fully-cooked. Spiral cut ham is precooked city ham, and it’s the easiest to prepare.

Are spiral hams fully cooked?

Yes, spiral ham is fully cooked ham.

Which is better spiral ham or whole ham?

Spiral cut city ham is the easiest to cook, therefore it’s the way to go. Bone-in spiral cut ham with a label “ham with natural juices” or “ham, water added” is the best ham to buy for holidays

9 Delicious Leftover Ham Recipes:

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Raspberry Mustard Glaze for Spiral Ham Recipe

How to cook the best moist ham with raspberry mustard glaze.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 12 -16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 bone-in spiral cut ham 6-8lbs
  • 1 cup seedless raspberry jelly
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  • Layer 2 long sheets of aluminum foil on a baking sheet, as shown in the video above.
  • Place the ham cut side down.
  • Wrap the ham by bring all 4 ends of the foil up and around the ham.
  • Roast for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together raspberry jelly and mustard until smooth. Reserve about 1 cup of glaze for serving.
  • Remove the ham from oven and carefully open the wrap. You’ll get a pool of juices in the bottom. You can baste it over the ham, if desired.
  • Increase the oven to 375°F.
  • Brush on the remaining glaze all over the ham. Roast without cover for 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes.
  • Serve with the reserved raspberry mustard glaze on the side.

Nutrition

Calories: 1679kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 144g, Fat: 112g, Saturated Fat: 40g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g, Monounsaturated Fat: 53g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 413mg, Sodium: 8037mg, Potassium: 1935mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 7IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 6mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

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