Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Glazed Spiral-shaped Ham

Kelley and I made this ham last Easter; neither of us really read the instructions. We unwrapped the ham and soaked it for 90 minutes, then read the instructions. It still came out perfect. I would use this method again although but wouldn't unwrap the ham until I was ready to cook it (our choice: Kirkland, red-foil wrapped ham--always good quality and inexpensive). We used the glaze that came with the ham.

Kirkland Signature hams are made by Carando in Springfield, MA
Serves 12 to 14, with leftovers.   Published November 1, 2007.   From Cook's Illustrated.


Our recipe for a moist ham with a glaze that complements but doesn’t overwhelm the meat includes avoiding labels that read “ham with water added” and heating the ham to an internal temperature of no higher than 120 degrees. Soaking the ham in warm water before heating it and placing it in an oven bag or wrapping it in aluminum foil are also part of our perfect glazed ham recipe.

You can bypass the 90-minute soaking time, but the heating time will increase to 18 to 20 minutes per pound for a cold ham. If there is a tear or hole in the ham's inner covering, wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap before soaking it in hot water. Instead of using the plastic oven bag, the ham may be placed cut-side down in the roasting pan and covered tightly with foil, but you will need to add 3 to 4 minutes per pound to the heating time. If using an oven bag, be sure to cut slits in the bag so it does not burst. We've included two optional glazes.


  • Ham
  • 1spiral-sliced, bone-in half ham (7 to 10 pounds)
  • 1large oven bag (plastic)
  • Maple-Orange Glaze
  • 3/4cup maple syrup
  • 1/2cup orange marmalade
  • 2tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Cherry-Port Glaze
  • 1/2cup ruby port
  • 1/2cup cherry preserves
  • 1cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. 1. Leaving ham's inner plastic or foil covering intact, place ham in large container and cover with hot tap water; set aside for 45 minutes. Drain and cover again with hot tap water; set aside for another 45 minutes.
  2. 2. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 250 degrees. Unwrap ham; remove and discard plastic disk covering bone. Place ham in oven bag. Gather top of bag tightly so bag fits snugly around ham, tie bag, and trim excess plastic. Set ham cut-side down in large roasting pan and cut 4 slits in top of bag with paring knife.
  3. 3. Bake ham until center registers 100 degrees on instant-read thermometer, 1 to 1 1/2 hours (about 10 minutes per pound).
  4. 4. Remove ham from oven and increase oven temperature to 350 degrees. Cut open oven bag and roll back sides to expose ham. Brush ham with one-third of glaze and return to oven until glaze becomes sticky, about 10 minutes (if glaze is too thick to brush, return to heat to loosen).
  5. 5. Remove ham from oven, transfer to cutting board, and brush entire ham with another third of glaze. Let ham rest, loosely tented with foil, for 15 minutes. While ham rests, heat remaining third of glaze with 4 to 6 tablespoons of ham juices until it forms thick but fluid sauce. Carve and serve ham, passing sauce at table.
  6. To Make Maple-Orange Glaze:
    Combine all ingredients in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick, syrupy, and reduced to 1 cup, 5 to 10 minutes; set aside.
  7. To Make Cherry-Port Glaze:
    Simmer port in small saucepan over medium heat until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and mixture is thick, syrupy, and reduced to 1 cup, 5 to 10 minutes; set aside.

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