I spent the last week in Vancouver and Seattle so my mind wasn’t completely on our upcoming Easter dinner. When I called my family from the airport on Saturday I realized I needed to plan our meal. So off I went in search of a new ham recipe. Luckily Twitter reminded me that Sunny Anderson usually has great recipes, and voila she did. This one had a great flavor to it and I could really taste the citrus flavor from the orange. Easy and quick which is always a plus too.
Sunny’s Easy Holiday Spiral Ham
(Recipe slightly adapted from Sunny Anderson)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 (6 to 7-pound) bone-in half spiral ham
5 sprigs fresh thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In a bowl, whisk together brown sugar, honey, orange zest, 1/4 cup orange juice, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg. Season with salt.
Place enough aluminum foil on counter to cover the ham. Place ham in the center. Place a sprig of thyme between every other layer of the spirals. Pour half of the glaze over the ham allowing it to sink into the slices. Tightly wrap the ham in the foil and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Fill the pan with an inch of water and roast in the oven until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F, about 17-20 minutes per pound.
Pour remaining glaze in a small saucepan on medium heat and bring to a simmer, then turn off the heat. Glaze will thicken as it rests.
Remove the ham from the oven. Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Peel back the aluminum foil from the top, leaving the foil and pour the remaining glaze over the top of the ham. Place back in the oven uncovered for 15 more minutes. Remove and let rest before slicing.