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Easy Entertaining with a Holiday Ham

Easy Entertaining with a Holiday Ham‘Tis the season for holiday entertaining and one of the easiest ways to feed a crowd is with a glazed ham.

Fully cooked, bone-in hams are abundant during the holiday season and many of them also come spiral-sliced. This makes presenting and serving your ham an exercise in effortless entertaining. Something we all need during this busy time of year.

I like to create a homemade glaze to give it a personal touch that is both delicious and memorable. This recipe includes some of the great flavors of the season, like apples, maple syrup and apricots.

It’s simple, delicious and made with Full Circle organic ingredients. Best of all, it creates the type of flavor your guests will love and brings plenty of holiday cheer to the table.

Apple-Maple Glazed Ham

1 bone-in, fully-cooked ham
1/2 cup Full Circle Organic Apple Juice
1/2 cup Full Circle Organic Maple Syrup
1 cup Full Circle Apricot Jam
1/4 cup Full Circle Balsamic Vinegar

Allow ham to stand at room temperature for 1 hour before cooking. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place ham in a large roasting pan.

Place the apple juice, maple syrup, jam and cider vinegar in a 2-cup measuring cup. Microwave for 30 to 45 seconds until jam is melted and all ingredients are incorporated. Pour half of the mixture over the ham. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes per pound, or until a meat thermometer registers 135° F.

Spoon juices over the top of the ham about every 20 minutes. Remove ham from oven. Spoon remaining apple juice mixture over the surface and return to the oven for 15 minutes. Allow ham to stand for 20 minutes before serving.

Optional: Pour remaining juices from the bottom of the pan into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and let the mixture reduce to 1/2 its volume. Serve as a sauce that accompanies the ham.

Note: For testing purposes, a pre-sliced ham was used. It was 9 pounds and had 15 to 20 servings.

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