Need something impressive—and secretly easy—to feed a crowd? Glazed ham goes a long way. Serve it sliced and drizzled with sauce or pile slices on squishy buns for the kids.
3.5- to 4-kg bone-in cooked ham, preferably smoked
2 cups apple cider, divided
1 cup water
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup brown sugar
small buns, or dinner rolls, optional (for kids)
Position rack in bottom third of oven. Preheat to 325F. Place ham in a shallow roasting pan just large enough to hold it. Score skin and fat in a diamond pattern. Pour 1 cup apple cider and water into pan. Tightly cover pan with foil. Bake for 30 min.
Meanwhile, combine remaining 1 cup apple cider with cranberries and brown sugar in a medium saucepan set over medium. Cook, stirring often, until cranberries are soft and mixture is syrupy, about 30 min. Mash cranberries with a spatula.
Remove ham from oven and discard foil. Brush half of cranberry mixture over ham. Bake, uncovered, for 30 min. Increase oven to 400F. Brush remaining cranberry mixture over ham. Continue baking until glaze is just browned, about 15 min. Remove from oven and let stand 10 min before slicing. Serve sliced or on buns with pan sauce.
Protein 42g, Carbohydrates 20g, Fat 16g, Fibre 1g, Sodium 1594mg.
Slice baked ham and arrange on one or two large baking dishes. Drizzle pan juices over slices. Cover tightly with foil and refrigerate overnight. Reheat in centre of 400F oven, covered with foil, until warm, about 1 hour.
Originally published in the Today’s Parent December 2015 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen. Photo: Roberto Caruso.