17 December 2008

Holiday Favorites: "The" Ham Glaze

I used to do Thanksgiving at our house. A couple of years ago, my mom gave me a ham to save me the money of buying an expensive turkey to feed everyone. I had never made a ham before, and the idea of pouring coke over it just didn't set with me.

I opted for the crockpot instead of the oven. For one, I had no idea how long it would need to be in the oven, and it's pretty hard to mess something up in the crockpot. I came up with this orange glaze to put over the top.

That year's ham was a huge success, and I've made it each year since. Cooking it in the crockpot works best for me (if you have one large enough) because I can get it going the night before, and my oven is freed up for other things. The glaze would be fine for an oven ham as well. Check your label for oven cooking times.

"The" Ham Glaze
(for about a 10-15 lb ham)
1/2 c concentrated orange juice
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground clove
Stud your ham with cloves. Combine juice, sugar, and ground clove. Pour into crock pot. Cook on low 12-15 hours. Your ham will be moist, tender, and oh so yummy!

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