Easter is right around the corner so I’ve been busy planning our Easter meal. Typically, we have a big brunch but this year I thought I’d try my hand at putting together an Easter dinner. My mom always used to buy a Honeybaked Ham, which though delicious, was more than I was willing to spend. So, I bought an uncooked bone-in ham from the grocery store and decided to try my hand at honey baking it myself.
There’s really not much to the preparation for a ham. Much like a roast, you just need to score it and sprinkle a little seasoning on it and put it in a foil-lined roasting pan. The trick to pulling off a tender, flavorful ham lies in frequent basting with your prepared glaze. I brushed on a nice thick layer of honey glaze every 15 minutes until the ham was done baking (about an hour and a half). I’m pretty sure there’s some art to picking the right ham at the store so that you have a picture-perfect ham when you pull it out of the oven. I do not have that skill, as you can see in the picture below.
However, once we sliced it and served it with au gratin potatoes and a cheesy broccoli rice casserole, everyone gave it rave reviews. The constant basting paid off. The ham was super tender and juicy and packed with delicious sweetness from the glaze.
Honey Glazed Ham
- 1 5lb bone-in ham
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2 cup butter
- Preheat oven to 325°. Line roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place ham in roasting pan.
- Score top of ham in criss-cross pattern with a knife. Sprinkle ground cloves over the top of the ham.
- In saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey, and butter. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted. Brush honey glaze over the entire surface of the ham.
- Bake at 325° until internal temperature of ham reaches 160° (1 hr 15 minutes to 1 hr 30 minutes), basting with glaze every 15 minutes during baking.
- Remove from oven and let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
Here are some other Easter recipes from a few of my friends to round out your meal. What’s Easter dinner without rolls? I love this recipe for Easy, No Knead Rolls from Feeding Big.
For dessert, how about this creamy Cannoli Pie from Organized 31?
And I love these little Bunny Buttons from Coconut Head Survival Guide as a snack throughout the day.