Spiral sliced hams are a great invention. Conveniently pre-sliced, these hams are easy to carve and serve. Perfect for Easter and Christmas celebrations, they usually come with their own glaze packet, but making the glaze at home greatly changes the end result. Our recipe for the glaze perfectly complements the salty-sweet flavor of the ham. Plus, we’ll show you how to stop your ham from drying out when cooked. Use our method and your ham will always be succulent and moist.
- 1 fully cooked spiral cut ham
- 1 c brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp mustard or Dijon mustard
- 1 small can of crushed pineapple
1. When you buy a spiral ham that is fully cook, it can be eaten cold or hot, but I like it baked a little anyway! To serve hot: Preheat oven to 325. Remove all packaging material from ham. Place ham into pan at least 1″ deep.
2. Add at least 1/2 cup water. It won’t hurt to add a cup. Your preference! Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
3. Heat approximately 6 minutes per pound or to an internal temperature of 120 F. Do not overcook or your ham will dry out.
I think a glaze is important because it adds that little extra bit of zip. This one is my own creation, so the measurements are iffy! Start with a cup or so brown sugar. Add a big squirt of mustard (about 3 Tbsp). Add a little bit of that can of crushed pineapple (about 1/3 cup). Don’t make it watery because you want it to stick to the ham. Another glaze option is 1 cup brown sugar, 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1/2 cup honey and 1 tsp cinnamon. OR, you could use the pineapple rounds and use toothpicks to stick the toothpick to the ham. Use a little of the juice with the brown sugar mixture. It’s pretty that way, but it will be good whatever you do.
4. Cook on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring until it thickens, for about 10 minutes.
5. With 15 minutes left, remove the ham from the oven. Take your foil off and brush the glaze over the ham. Let it kind of get crusty.
6. Put the ham back in the oven and let cook for remaining 15 minutes.
7. I think the main thing about the ham is the time you cook it. Remember for a pre-cooked ham, only 6 minutes for every pound! And LOW heat!
8. CARVING INSTRUCTIONS: For a half ham, lay ham on a cutting board or flat surface. Using a small knife, cut the front spiral section away from the bone. Proceed with remaining slices!