Cherries and bourbon flavor this baked ham perfectly!
Sweet, tart cherries, citrus and bourbon balance out ham so perfectly,
you will go to this recipe for all your special occasions!
How To Make Baked Ham
Baked ham, like roasted turkey, is one of the easiest things to make. Unlike turkey (where we only think about it two or three times a year) ham can be served all year long. What makes ham even better, is it is often purchased fully cooked. Baking ham allows the flavor from any sauces or seasonings to soak in. Baked ham is great at absorbing flavor and is so tender and juicy.
This recipe uses cherry preserves, a little sugar, a touch of citrus and a dose of bourbon that are boiled until slightly syrupy. This is the glaze for your ham. Brush the glaze over the entire surface and throw the ham into a hot oven. The ham will only take about 45 minutes (covered), remove the foil and bake another 45 minutes more. The foil will create the perfect amount of steam that will make the ham especially juicy, cooking without the foil seals in the glaze.
WHERE IS THE BAKED HAM RECIPE?
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If you want to change the flavor of this baked ham recipe, you could easily swap out peach or apricot jam for the cherry preserves. Both would work well with bourbon. If you prefer to do away with the bourbon, you could use maple syrup, although I would then decrease the amount of brown sugar called for in this recipe.
What to Serve With Baked Ham?
Can Baked Ham Be Frozen?
Most definitely! If kept in an airtight container baked ham will keep remarkably well. Pull it out to thaw when you need a quick protein for soups or egg casseroles!
- 1 8 lb bone-in ham, fully cooked
- 10 oz cherry preserves
- Splash of orange juice
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- ⅓ cup bourbon
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Place the cherry preserves, orange juice, brown sugar, and bourbon in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and cook until slightly thickened.
- Place ham in a roasting pan. Brush glaze over ham (reserve any leftover glaze to serve on the side).
- Cover ham with foil an bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 45 minutes.