This is the best ever glazed spiral ham recipe, with a thyme and honey glaze for a much more enticing flavor.
Hams cut in a spiral are a fantastic invention. These hams are convenient because they are pre-sliced and simple to serve. They often come with their own glaze packet and are ideal for Christmas and Easter feasts, but creating the glaze at home yields much better results.
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- Zest and juice of 1 orange
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 6 to 8 scrapes of fresh nutmeg, using a rasp
- One 6- to 7-pound bone-in-half spiral ham
- 10 to 12 sprigs of fresh thyme
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST EVER GLAZED SPIRAL HAM RECIPE
Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar, honey, orange zest, 1/4 cup of orange juice, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg. Season with salt.
Peel back the layers of the ham and place a sprig of thyme between every other layer of the spirals.
Pour half of the glaze over the ham allowing it to sink into the slices.
Roll out enough aluminum foil to surround the ham and place the ham in the center of the foil. And wrap according.
Tightly wrap the ham in the foil and place it on a rack in the oven.
Pour the remaining half of the glaze into a small saucepot over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Whisk until small bubbles appear all over, then turn off the heat. The glaze will thicken as it rests.
Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
Remove the ham from the oven. Using caution and tongs to help, peel back the aluminum foil from the top, leaving the aluminum foil on the sides and underneath the ham to catch the glaze and juices.
Slather the remaining glaze all over the top of the ham and place it back in the oven uncovered for 15 more minutes. Remove and let rest before slicing.