A ham is such a beautiful thing to cook for a large group because it requires almost no work but can feed a huge number of people. With a glaze that’s really simple to make, you have a ham that tastes wonderful and looks like something out of Tom and Jerry cartoon. And you also have ham sandwiches to look forward to, which is a pretty nice thing to look forward to.
The glaze for this ham is sweet and fruity but with a little tanginess, too, which goes wonderfully with the smokiness of a cured ham. For sweetness, I’ve used peach jam and molasses (feel free to substitute apricot jam and honey), and the tanginess comes from diced pineapple (which is a traditional ingredient in ham dishes for a reason) and a little rice vinegar (you can use another mild vinegar like white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar). Making the glaze is the hardest part and it’s pretty easy. This is a dish you can’t get wrong.
Ham with Apricot and Pineapple Glaze
1 cured ham (6-12 lbs), with the skin removed and the fat left on (this is probably how it will be when you buy it)
1/2 cup apricot jam
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup diced pineapple
1/4 cup diced dried apricots
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Using a chef’s knife, score the fat, by cutting diagonal lines into it so that you create a diamond pattern.
Put the ham in a baking dish and place it in the oven. Cook 18 minutes for every pound.
While the ham is baking, combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
When you are about 20-25 minutes from being done, pull the ham from the oven and brush it with the glaze. Return to the oven.
When the ham is done, it should have an internal temperature of about 140 degrees. Remove it to a carving board and slice.