Baked Ham with Cranberry Curry Glaze

Hands-On Time: 15min
Cook Time: 2h
Ready In: 2h 15min
Yield: 8 to 10
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This lovely crimson sauce, enhanced with a touch of curry, transforms an ordinary supermarket ham into an extraordinary centerpiece for your holiday meal.



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse ham and slice off the tough outer skin, but leave behind most of the fat underneath it. Score the ham, cutting diagonal lines about 1/4 inch deep, all over the outside. Place the ham, fat side up in a roasting pan and place it in the oven.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. In a medium skillet over low heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add cranberry sauce, curry and corn syrup and heat through. Set aside.
  3. After the ham has cooked for about 1 hour, remove it from the oven and coat it with the glaze, making sure it gets into all the scored portions. Pour any remaining glaze into the pan.
  4. Return ham to the oven and bake for about 1 hour more, brushing it with glaze every 20 minutes or so. If the ham begins to get too dark, cover it with foil.
  5. When the glaze is well browned and the ham has reached an internal temperature of 130 degrees, remove from the oven. Place it on a serving platter and serve immediately.

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tarek helping make glaze

In place of the 10 pound ham, which I thought was just too big for our family and would take way too long to cook, I bought some precooked, presliced ham (not deli ham -- it still looked like a ham but was much smaller). I made the sauce and then put the slices in a pregreased glass pan and spread the sauce over the ham and baked it for about 20 minutes. In the last few minutes I put it on broil to brown the glaze a bit. It was great! So much faster too. The glaze was good on the noodles we had with the ham as well. I also replaced the corn syrup with 1 tablespoon of Raw Blue Agave Nectar (it's wonderful stuff that is 2x sweeter than sugar and so much healthier than corn syrup).

Very easy (especially after I adapted it with the precooked, presliced ham) and everyone liked it. My husband really liked it!

Some kids might not like the curry part - one could decrease or even leave out the curry and just have a cranberry glaze on the ham.

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