The freshness of spring demands a spectacular centerpiece, and few main courses surpass our ham, glazed with a blend of the season’s first maple syrup and orange juice. Slice the meat thinly and serve with a spring salad and baked pineapple slices.
Maple-Orange Baked Ham
- For the glaze:
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- ⅔ cup pure maple syrup
- ⅔ cup ketchup
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp finely minced ginger
- 2 Tbsp packed dark-brown sugar
- 1 bone-in smoked ham (about 15 lb)
- About 28 whole cloves
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
Combine all the glaze ingredients in a bowl. Set aside. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.
Carefully trim the thick rind and all but ¼-inch of fat from the surface of the ham. With a sharp knife, score a diamond pattern into the fat, then insert the cloves at the crossed points of the diamonds.
Set the ham in a shallow baking pan. Brush the mustard all over the top, then brush ½ cup of the reserved glaze over the ham.
Bake for 11⁄2 hours, basting generously every 15 minutes, with the remaining glaze.
Place ham on a decorative serving platter and let rest for 15 minutes. Present the ham to your guests, then slice it thinly for serving.
Serves 20-25. Per serving: 350 calories, 10g carbohydrate, 47g protein, 12g fat, 145mg cholesterol.
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