10 Christmas Ham Recipes: From Classic Glazed to Mango Ginger

BY Ingrid Longauerová TIMEDecember 23, 2013 PRINT

Ham is definitely the crown of Christmas dinner. Although it is just big chunk of meat, you can be creative and masterful in preparing it. Try to surprise your loved ones ones with some of these special recipes, just click on the recipe title to see the whole method.


1. Glazed Baked Ham

We’ll start with the basics. This classic, tasty ham, is simply baked and glazed. It can provide a good base for any other recipes or be used on its own. With this one you can try a honey-thyme glaze or a sweet hot-honey-mustard glaze.


2. Maple and Mustard Glazed Ham

In the world of ham recipes, this one should be a celebrity. It’s got style and flare and a colorful taste. It takes a cinnamon stick, peppercorns, coriander seeds, and about 25 whole cloves. For the glaze, use maple syrup, coarse-grain mustard, and Worcestershire and soy sauces.


3. Lime-Glazed Ham

Another simple ham recipe with a slightly tangy twist. This recipe uses a glaze that combines sugar, ginger, mustard, lime rind, juice, and rum. Add nice slices of lime and you’ll have a feast for your stomach as well as your eyes. Preparation should take you about 30 minutes and cooking about 2.5 hours.


4. Baked Ham With Pineapple

If you don’t like the candy-coated, really sweet taste of most glazed hams, try to bake your ham with this recipe, adding pineapple to balance the sweet honey.


5. Strawberry-Glazed Ham

Strawberries can bring joy even outside of summer days. Add them to your ham, making a great mix of the sweet and salty taste together.


6. Ginger Beer and Tangerine Glazed Ham

Imagine just the taste of ginger beer and tangerine together—It already sounds great, right? Now add a nicely glazed ham and you have delicious and original Christmas recipe. And it’s easy to prepare too. Just 20 minutes of preparation with four hours of cooking the ham. Also included in the recipe are the flavors of anise, cloves, and honey.


7. Grilled Ham Steaks with Southern Kale Salad

And now for something completely different. Tasty grilled ham, rubbed with brown sugar, cumin, and coriander, served with kale salad full of almonds, orange juice, and honey. It’s something really special to serve up this holiday.


8. Easter Ham with Mango Ginger Glaze

With this recipe you need only six ingredients. Starting with, of course, eastern ham, which should be without added water or additives. Then you will need mango nectar, mango juice, brown sugar, fresh ginger, and cloves. Ta-da, that’s all!


9. Cola Ham With Maple and Mustard Glaze

Add a cola twist to the traditional maple and mustard glaze ham. With this recipe, you need an unsmoked boneless gammon joint. It’s maybe not so great for people on a diet, nor even very healthy, but it’s maybe that’s OK on this once-a-year occasion.


10. City Ham

This ham is brined or hock end. Bourbon and crushed gingersnap cookies make this recipe an interesting and original choice.


*Image of ham via Shutterstock


Ingrid Longauerová
journalist/graphic designer
Ingrid Longauerová is a long time employee at the Epoch Media Group. She started working with The Epoch Times as a freelance journalist in 2007 before coming to New York and work in the Web Production department. She is currently a senior graphic designer for the Elite Magazine, a premier luxury lifestyle magazine for affluent Chinese in America produced by the EMG.
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