Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Easter Dinner: Sweet and Spicy Ham

So I know Easter is quickly approaching, and many of you are thinking, "WHAT AM I GOING TO MAKE?!"
Easter dinner can be stressful for most! Heck, its like a mini thanksgiving or Christmas meal. Most eat ham at this meal, and I have come up with a super fun sweet and spicy glaze for ham that will have your family and friends flipping for more! Plus, you can make it a day ahead, which could not be easier!

Sweet and Spicy Ham Glaze
Grocery List:
Glaze & Sauce
1 jar hot-pepper spread or jelly (3⁄4 cup; see Note)
1⁄4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp minced garlic

1 precooked 7- to 8-lb spiral-sliced bone-in half ham (shank or butt)

How to make it:
1. Heat oven to 325°F. Have a large roasting pan ready.

2. Glaze & Sauce: Microwave ingredients in a bowl just until jelly melts. Transfer 1 cup to a serving bowl; reserve to use as sauce.

3. Bake ham as package directs, or place ham, cut side down, in roasting pan and add 1⁄4 in. water. Cover pan tightly with foil; bake 12 minutes per pound.

4. Remove ham from oven. Brush with remaining glaze and bake, uncovered, 30 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 135ºF. Serve with reserved sauce.

*Planning Tip: The glaze and sauce can be made up to 1 day ahead. Refrigerate covered.
**Note: If you can’t find hot-pepper spread or jelly, stir 4 to 6 tsp jalapeño hot sauce into 3⁄4 cup apple jelly.

Nutritional Information:
8g fat
0g fiber
5 WW points

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