Top 6 Christmas Ham Recipes

Ham is traditional for Christmas. The sweet and salty meat can be prepared so many ways. Unfortunately, many hams are dried out by the time they get to the table. Not with these recipes!

Ham is an expensive cut of meat, and you don't want to ruin it by overcooking, or by cooking it until it dries out. If the ham comes with instructions on how to reheat it, follow it to the letter.

The crockpot is an excellent way to reheat a ham. Glazes that are spooned over the ham as it roasts add flavor and moisture along with a gorgeous gleam. Be sure to read How to Heat a Ham before you get started. And if you change a recipe, even a little bit, be sure to write it down! You'll most likely want to recreate your masterpiece next year.

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    Marmalade Glazed Ham

    Chutney Glazed Ham. Linda Larsen

    Garlic, chutney, orange, and Dijon mustard combine to make a spectacular glaze for a spiral sliced ham. You can even add the glaze the spiral-sliced-ham people give you to this recipe for extra flavor.

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    Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham

    Glazed Spiral Ham

    The Spruce

    A spiral ham is a very popular cut. This type of ham is already sliced and cooked, and it comes with a packaged glaze. This recipe adds another glaze, and the ham is cooked cut side down so it stays moist and tender as it roasts. 

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    Honey Butter Ham

    Honey Butter Ham
    Honey Butter Ham. Linda Larsen

    This is the ham glaze my mother made when I was little. I think it's the perfect combination of flavors, although I did add some Dijon mustard for a little spicy note. You can place the glaze from the roasting pan in a gravy boat and pass it with the ham for the perfect finishing touch.

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    Spiced Apricot Ham

    Spiced Apricot Ham
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    Apricot preserves, honey, and spices add marvelous flavor to a tender ham. This is an excellent recipe to use on plain hams or spiral sliced hams.

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    Honey Glazed Ham

    Honey Glazed Ham
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    Honey, cardamom, and orange juice add rich flavor to this glazed ham recipe. Slice it to serve with the whole cloves still attached because it looks so pretty, but tell your guests not to eat the cloves!

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    Grilled Orange Ginger Ham

    Grilled Orange Ginger Ham
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    And finally, think about grilling your ham this year! Fresh ginger root, ground ginger, and orange juice add flavor to this smoky ham. This recipe is an easy way to get the men involved - just send them out to the grill!