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Fruit Glazes Are the Key to Great Baked Ham

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 top-rated holiday ham recipes emphasize the fruity glaze...with 5-star results.

1. Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Ham

"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!"


Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Ham

Photo by Allrecipes

2. Cherry Ham Glaze

Cherry preserves, light corn syrup, and vinegar give this ham a sweet, slightly tart taste.


Cherry Ham Glaze

Photo by Meredith

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.

3. Raspberry Ham Glaze

Apple juice, lemon juice, and raspberry jam are the lip-smacking combo here. If you like, substitute dry white wine for the apple juice.


Raspberry Ham Glaze

Photo by Meredith

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.

4. Pineapple Glaze for Ham

Pineapples, maraschino cherries, and brown sugar combine in this simple, sweet glaze.


Pineapple Glaze for Ham

Photo by Meredith

5. Apricot Brown Sugar Ham

A super-simple glaze with brown sugar, apricot jam, and a little dry mustard.


Apricot Brown Sugar Ham

Photo by Allrecipes

6. Ham Glaze

The secret here is a combination of mango chutney, orange juice, and Dijon mustard.


Ham Glaze

Photo by Nicolette

7. Honey-Orange Glazed Ham

Orange juice is sweetened with honey and seasoned with cinnamon and cloves in the classic holiday glaze.


Honey Orange Glazed Ham

Photo by Meredith

8. Apricot and Honey Ham Glaze

Apricot jam, orange marmalade, and hot English mustard do the trick here.


Apricot and Honey Ham Glaze

Photo by Baking Nana

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.


Maple Glaze

Photo by naples34102

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

Yes, there are even more ways to Amaze with the Glaze.


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