Baked ham is baked ham. Delicious, yes. But where you amaze is with the glaze.
A glistening, glazed baked ham is a thing of beauty. The gorgeous glaze also keeps the ham from drying out. And, of course, it adds a yummy sweet complement to the savory, somewhat salty meat.
These holiday ham recipes emphasize the fruity glaze...with 5-star results.
"The sweetness of blackberries, honey, and brown sugar are balanced by the spice of roasted jalapenos," says Whitney Bond. "It's perfect for Easter Sunday!"
Cherry preserves, light corn syrup, and vinegar give this ham a sweet, slightly tart taste.
For best results, score the ham. If your ham is not already spiral-cut, create your own cross-hatch pattern -- make a series of cuts, about an inch apart, diagonally across the entire ham. The glaze will slip into the cuts to further flavor the meat. Plus, the diamond pattern just looks cool.
Apple juice, lemon juice, and raspberry jam are the lip-smacking combo here. If you like, substitute dry white wine for the apple juice.
Bonus Tip: "This raspberry glaze is also great spread over a block of softened, mounded cream cheese and used as a dip or spread," says SimplySherry.
Pineapples, maraschino cherries, and brown sugar combine in this simple, sweet glaze.
A super-simple glaze with brown sugar, apricot jam, and a little dry mustard.
6. Ham Glaze
The secret here is a combination of mango chutney, orange juice, and Dijon mustard.
Orange juice is sweetened with honey and seasoned with cinnamon and cloves in the classic holiday glaze.
Apricot jam, orange marmalade, and hot English mustard do the trick here.
9. Maple Glaze
The crushed pineapple is optional -- but a delicious counterpart to the tangy white wine vinegar and mustard powder. And after the holiday ham, try it on meatloaf.
See How to Make Three Awesome Ham Glazes
Now watch how to make three of our favorite baked hams: Honey Orange Glazed Ham, Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Ham, and Apricot-Honey Glazed Ham.
Related: How To Cook A Ham