The Best Christmas Ham Recipes and Tips

December 26, 2019 4:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Ham is one of the most popular and traditional foods people have for Christmas (and plenty of other holidays, as well). There are many different ways to cook a ham, and families tend to have their own recipes they swear by.

We encourage you to swing by Tony’s Delicatessen & Fresh Meats over the next couple weeks if you’re going to be cooking a ham for your Christmas dinner. You’ll be pleased with our selection of hams, including the various sizes we offer, and we’ll also be able to provide some insider tips on how you can cook the best ham dinner.

Here are just a few examples of some of the best Christmas ham recipes in Williamsport, PA:

  • Marmalade-glazed ham: If you’re the kind of person who likes more than a little sweetness in their ham glaze, then you’ll be a big fan of this marmalade-glazed ham. To create the glaze, you’ll whisk some orange marmalade, honey, adobo sauce and bourbon or cognac together in a bowl. Cook the ham in a roasting pan and add two cups of water to protect the droppings, and score the fat in a crosshatch. You can then brush the ham with the glaze and roast it, taking juices from the pan to baste every 20 minutes or so. Cook until the thickest part of the ham is 135 degrees, which will usually be a couple hours for a standard-sized ham. The glaze will come out deliciously sticky and sweet.
  • Riesling and mustard ham: This method adds some flavor directly into the ham rather than focusing on the glaze. What you’ll do is boil a cup of Riesling with seven cups of water (adjust proportions as desired) in a saucepan, then pour the mixture into the bottom of the roasting pan in which you bake the ham. You’ll continue basting the ham with juices from the pan. This will bring the sweetness from the Riesling into the body of the ham. You can then caramelize some shallots and thyme sprigs, stir in another cup of Riesling, then put it into a food processor with thyme leaves, mustard, honey, pepper and salt. You can then spread this mixture over the ham about 20 to 30 minutes before cooking is complete.
  • Pineapple-glazed ham: Ham and pineapple is a classic pairing that you and your holiday guests are sure to enjoy. Spread out pineapple and orange slices in a layer on foil and put the ham on top of the fruit. You can transfer this to a wire rack set inside a large rimmed baking sheet and bake until the ham is 115 degrees. For the glaze, use pineapple juice, vinegar, brown sugar and hot sauce, and brush on the glaze after letting the ham cook for some time. You’ll eventually need to increase the temperature of the oven with this method.

These are three of the most popular (and also the simplest) methods of adding some extra deliciousness to your holiday ham. For plenty of other recommendations for using the best Christmas ham recipes in Williamsport, PA, contact Tony’s Delicatessen & Fresh Meats today.

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