Christmas is a time of love and sharing as friends and family come together and enjoy each other’s company. Some may argue that the most eventful part of Christmas is opening the Christmas gifts. But it is also believed that Christmas dinner has that role. Christmas dinner brings together friends and family around a table to share a marvelous meal. Traditional Christmas dishes range from fruit cake to mince pies. But one Christmas dish that is never forgotten is the ham.
Ham is a cut of meat from the thigh of the hind leg of an animal. Hams mostly come from pigs. Hams can be bought at any grocery store. Most hams sold in stores today are fully cooked or cured. The price of hams truly depends on where you live and the time of the year. Most hams go on sale during the Christmas season. But generally hams can range from three to four dollars a pound. Hams are easy to cook and really hold in flavors. The outcome of a ham totally depends on the cook. Some people enjoy their hams savory but most people like their hams sweet with glaze or marinade on top. Finding the right marinade may be the hardest part about cooking a ham. But here are a few recipes to help with that last step to making the perfect ham.
Sweet Ginger Marinade
1 cup ginger ale
1 cup orange juice or pineapple juice
½ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons dry mustard
¾ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1. Mix all the marinade ingredients.
2. Put the ham into a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade into the bag with the ham.
3. Marinate the ham for a couple of hours or overnight.
4. Turn on grill or broiler to cook the ham. Ham can also be cooked in a pan on the stove.
5. Cook the ham till well done and thoroughly heated.
6. Baste ham during cooking.
Brown Sugar Glaze
1 cup finely packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard or prepared mustard
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons dry sherry (optional)
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons water
1. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
2. Spread on ham before putting it into the oven.
1 cup ketchup
¼ cup lightly flavored honey
¼ cup prepared mustard
1. Stir all the ingredients together and baste the ham during the last 30 minutes of baking.
Hopefully these recipes will ease the job of the people making the Christmas ham this year. Enjoy!
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