Baked Ham with Cranberry Curry Glaze
This lovely crimson sauce, enhanced with a touch of curry, transforms an ordinary supermarket ham into an extraordinary centerpiece for your holiday meal.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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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.