My mother made most of our Thanksgiving meal so I wanted to make Christmas dinner to help her out. We opted for a ham this year instead of turkey. I love ham. Absolutely love it.
Before I’ve cooked a traditional honey glazed ham and enjoy that but was looking for something different this year. This ham had a sweet glaze to it and it made the ham simply scrumptious.
I made this with some cornbread dressing and the old fashioned green bean casserole. I also paired it with another cranberry dish. This was simple and very sweet. Such a delicious meal even if I do say so myself.
(Recipe slightly adapted from Food Network)
1 4lb smoked cured ham
Whole cloves for studding ham
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup yellow or golden mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Score top of ham into diamonds and randomly stud diamonds with cloves.
*Note: only put about 6-8 cloves or else the taste will be overwhelming.
Place ham on a rack in a roasting pan and bake for 45 minutes. While ham is baking, combine brown sugar, mustard and apple cider vinegar and whisk together. Spread half of the glaze evenly over ham. Bake for additional 25 minutes. Remove ham from oven and cover with foil. Let stand 15 minutes.
Place remaining glaze in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let reduce for 5 minutes and use as a sauce with ham.
1 12oz bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Zest of 1 orange
Place water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add cinnamon stick. Rinse cranberries then add to boiling water mixture. Add spices. Reduce heat to medium. Cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
When cooked, place in a serving dish and place in refrigerator to firm up.
Christmas Eve Dinner
For Christmas Eve, we normally get together with my mother’s side of the family but this year we got together a week early so it was just my immediate family for dinner. We had such a great time watching the kids open their presents. We had our traditional meal of Dad’s Menudo and tamales along with my beansand Mom’s rice.