Serve a main dish guaranteed to garner rave reviews. Ham is a great entree option year round, but typically hits the menu around Christmas and Easter. There's no need to splurge on a store-bought glazed ham. You can pick up a ham at your grocery store and we'll help you bring out the best of its flavor with simple ingredients. Once you've picked your perfect ham recipe, don't forget the ideal side dishes to go with it.
Smoky Glazed Ham with Red Pepper JellyChef Jonathon Sawyer's secret to a successful holiday feast is doing most of his preparation ahead of time, for what he calls "easy game-day execution." He makes the sauce that becomes a sweet-sticky glaze and the spicy pepper jelly a few days in advance; then, on Christmas day, all he has to do is bake the ham.
Cherries Jubilee-Black Pepper Glazed HamWe baked this ham at a low temperature—275°—which made it juicier and more tender than a higher temperature would have yielded.
Ham Steak with Cranberry-Mustard GlazeThis flavorful ham dish comes together in just 35 minutes.
Ham with Spiced Cherry SauceDrizzle the spiced cherry sauce on top of this dish and garnish with orange zest if preferred.
Sweet-Hot Plum-Glazed HamSlice into a spicy-sweet main dish glazed with a vibrant mixture of plum preserves, crushed red pepper, citrus juices, and honey. Garnish with fresh tropical fruits like pineapple and kiwi to signal guests that this is no ordinary ham.
Gingersnap-Crusted Ham with Apricot-Mustard SauceServe a entrée with a crisp bite and a sweet sauce. A gingersnap crust, made from crushed cookies and brown sugar, adheres to the apricot preserve and Dijon mustard glaze. Pair with a five-minute sauce, made with Marsala wine, for an easy and elegant dish.
Honeycomb Spiral HamGuests are sure to love the hint of sweetness the honey and dried cranberries add to this savory smoked ham. Serve with honeycomb tucked between the slices for top-notch presentation, or simply garnish with orange zest and rosemary.
Ham with Bourbon-Peach GlazeTo bump up the presentation of your main dish, score the outside of the ham in a diamond pattern and stud with cloves before baking. It looks beautiful and provides welcome nooks and crannies for the peach glaze to hide.
Maple Mustard-Glazed HamThe maple syrup and mustard glaze elicits a tangy but sweet flavor that compliments this dish well.
Apricot and Sherry-Glazed HamCooking a large ham doesn't take much longer than cooking a smaller-sized one, plus you're left with a plateful of delicious leftovers perfect for the next-day breakfast or easy lunches. Bake this ham over a water bath to keep it moist, and baste with the decadent sherry glaze every 30 minutes.
Citrus-Glazed HamLike any good cut of meat, ham needs to rest when you take it out of the oven. This citrus-infused dish stands for about fifteen minutes before serving. While you wait, savor the tart smell of the cloves mixed with orange-flavored soft drink that is sure to fill your kitchen.
Fresh Ham with Cloves and Grilled PineapplePineapple is a natural pair with ham and is often found on favorite pizzas and Hawaiian-themed dishes year-round. Bring the warm, fragrant dish to the table this year and pump up the flavor by adding fresh rosemary and sage to the ham before baking.
Simple Baked HamIf you're a ham beginner, start with a simple five-ingredient recipe that pairs with any side on your table. Start the night before and let the ham soak in water for 24 hours before cooking, then cook in a water bath of apple juice. Baste with brown sugar and Dijon mustard during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
Baked Ham with Bourbon GlazeWhen your stovetop is full, turn to this top-rated recipe for a microwave-friendly molasses-and-honey glaze. Reserve the drippings and cook them in a saucepan just before serving for a delicious bourbon ham sauce.
Blackberry-Mustard Glazed HamFour ingredients are all you need to prepare this five-star ham. Our users raved, calling it a "big hit," "a WINNER," and "one of the best tasting hams" ever tasted.
Classic Baked Ham with Maple-Mustard GlazeBake this ham for about two to two-and-a-half hours (about 20 minutes per pound), basting with the ham's juices. Add a glaze in the final minutes of baking and watch carefully—the glaze should brown but not burn.
Brown Sugar and Spice-Crusted HamGive your ham a tender-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside treatment with a sweet and savory rub made with brown sugar, cumin, allspice, and cinnamon. Brush with a honey-citrus mixture in the final minutes of baking to add a hint of sweetness to the main dish.
Red-Currant-Pomegranate Glazed HamThis holiday-ready ham calls for just five ingredients (ham included!) to create a mouthwatering, flavorful main dish. As a bonus, this ham cooks in a slow-cooker, freeing up your oven for savory side dishes and dessert.
Holiday Ham with Apricot Glaze
Refrigerate any leftover ham in individual servings. In the days after Christmas when your house is still full and your energy is waning, this will make it easy for guests to fix a meal on their own.
Peach Jam-Glazed HamPeach Jam-Glazed Ham is a delightful mix of sweet and savory. With only 5 ingredients, Peach Jam-Glazed Ham is an easy and tasty choice for Easter dinner.
Cracklin'-Fresh Picnic Ham with Apple-Cranberry-Pomegranate Salsa
Ask your butcher: While a holiday ham traditionally consists of a cured, brined, or smoked cut of pork from the hind leg, we're taking liberties with the word "ham" and choosing the best cut for this job: the shoulder. Order a skin-on fresh picnic ham, aka the picnic cut, a forgiving, economical joint that will give you the juiciest results.
Ham Glazed with Spiced Plum ConserveAny brined, smoked supermarket ham will be welcomed on your holiday table in addition to (or in lieu of) the turkey. If you're using a spiral ham, there's no need to score it and stud with cloves.
Honey-Glazed HamThis Honey-Glazed Ham will exceed everyone's expectations for the main event. Honey-Glazed Ham is exceptional with eggs for breakfast or in a sandwich for lunch the next day.
Brown Sugar-Glazed HamTry this ham with a sweet glaze comprised of brown sugar, honey, orange and pineapple juice. Whether you're entertaining a crowd or entertaining a few, this entrée is an elegant choice for a holiday dish.
Len's Poached HamThis ham makes for a stunning tablescape and has phenomenal flavor to impress everyone at your home this holiday season.
Honey Mustard-Glazed HamA holiday favorite just got easier—and frees up valuable oven space—thanks to your slow cooker. Put savory Honey Mustard-Glazed Ham on your menu. With minimum ingredients and delicous flavor, this slow-cooker ham won't disappoint.
Glazed Spiral-Cut Holiday HamWe love a spiral-cut ham, but we don't like the sugary mystery glaze that comes with it. Toss the packet and use one of our three easy and unique glaze recipes instead.
Maple-Mustard Glazed HamMaple-Mustard Glazed Ham starts with a spiral ham for easy slicing and finishes with a sweet-savory baste during the last 15 minutes of cooking.
Lela's Baked HamChoose the size ham that best suits your family. Bake it 20 minutes per pound and 20 minutes more once you add the second layer of glaze. Sop up the drippings with warm rolls.
Fresh Rosemary Ham with Peach Compote
This savory-sweet ham is the perfect crowd-pleasing dish to roll out for a holiday or special occasion.