This week, the theme for Sunday Supper is “low and slow” and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. As tempted as I was to pull out my smoker and show you how to make my absolute favorite smoked jerk chicken thighs, I’ve had a giant ham taking up valuable real estate in my fridge for far too long. I was pushing up against the expiration date – it was time to cook that bad boy.
Here’s the thing: I don’t really like ham. I eat it at Easter, but only after drowning it in syrupy raisin sauce. I only had this one because Shop Rite gave it to me for free after spending so much money on groceries leading up to Easter.
I browsed around for recipes, ultimately settling on this one for Apricot-Mustard Glazed Ham from Martha Stewart. The flavors were simple and straightforward, which I figured would be helpful as I tried to use the leftovers, since they wouldn’t be as limiting as taking a bolder approach might have been. In the end, it was pretty good! I served it with homemade scalloped potatoes and roast asparagus and, while it wasn’t my favorite meal of all time, it was definitely enjoyable.
But the best part of making a baked ham? Using the leftovers to make Cuban sandwiches the next day. (Leftover ham, sliced thin, and piled high with Swiss cheese and pickles and grilled to perfection. Do it! And then use the ham bone to make pea soup!)
Apricot-Mustard Baked Ham
- 1 bone-in smoked ham about 10 pounds
- ½ cup apricot preserves
- ¼ cup grainy dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Heat oven to 325*F. Use a small chef's knife to cut a diamond pattern over the surface of the ham (cut should be about 1/3 inch deep and spaced about an inch apart). Place the ham in a roasting pan and cover with foil. Bake 2 hours.
- In a small saucepan, combine the apricot preserves, mustard, and vinegar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, allowing the preserves to loosen up into thin glaze.
- Raise oven temperature to 400*F. Unwrap ham and discard foil. Brush all over with glaze. Return to oven and bake 30 minutes or until the skin is crisped and golden brown.
- Remove ham from oven and let sit at least 10 minutes before carving.