If you’re an apartment family like we are without close relatives nearby, you are probably accustomed to traveling for the holidays. We love our apartment, our neighbors, our landlord, and where we live. So while I dream of one day putting together a beautiful spread for my family in my own big, fancy kitchen, I can certainly justify my 3 feet of counter space and 4-burner stove.
Of course there are plenty of pros to not hosting a holiday, but the one certain con is leaving without a surplus of delicious leftovers for the week to come. So for this reason, and to my husband’s delight, I recently made an Easter ham.
What’s so special about a ham? You put it in the oven, cook it, and pour the pre-packaged glaze on top. Well, you can or you can this delicious and easy and bourbon glaze. I say, switch things up this year. A little bourbon can make a lot of things better. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 half hickory smoked ham (7-9 pounds)
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tsp pickling spice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 cup bourbon
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- In a medium sauce pan, add orange juice, fennel, pickling spice, cinnamon, ginger and garlic. Stir over high heat for 2-3 minutes, until spices become fragrant. Add soy sauce & bourbon, simmer for 1 minute. Stir in brown sugar and reduce to medium heat. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until sauce thickens. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 275F. Wrap ham in foil and place flat side down. Add about 1 cup water to the roasting pan. Cook for 1 hour and 40 minutes for a 9-pound ham. Remove the foil and increase oven heat to 400F. Baste the ham with half the glaze and roast for 10 minutes. Baste with the rest of the glaze and bake for 10 more minutes. Let the ham rest 10 minutes before serving.
Hoping you enjoy this recipe and have a wonderful holiday!