Once the fun of the Easter egg hunt dies down and the little ones are lying on the couch in a Peeps-induced coma, it's time to turn your mind to Easter dinner. While ham is a traditional dish to serve at this holiday meal, it is often served dry, withered and far from appetizing. Since hams are typically bought already smoked (yes, they're already cooked!), a gentle heating at a low temperature is all that's required for a juicy roast that will impress your guests.
Once the ham is heated, quickly stir together a sweet glaze of brown sugar, orange juice, dry hot mustard powder and a pinch of nutmeg. Spoon the glaze over the ham, then bake it at a higher heat for a few minutes until the sugary glaze is caramelized and bubbling. The aroma is sure to lure even the most dedicated chocolate lovers away from their Easter baskets for a few minutes.
Dry mustard powder can be found in the spice section of most grocery stores.
Easter ham with orange and brown sugar glaze
- 8 pound bone-in ham, spiral sliced optional
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder, such as Colman's
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Place the oven rack in the lower third of the oven.
- Place the ham, bone-side down, in a shallow roasting pan or on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil.
- If the ham is not spiral sliced, use a sharp knife to score the ham in a 1-inch checkerboard pattern, cutting just 1/4-inch into the ham. If the ham is spiral sliced, there is no need to do this.
- Insert the whole cloves slightly into the scored or sliced ham, all over the surface of the meat.
- Cover the ham tightly with foil and bake until it is heated through, about 1 hour 45 minutes. Take care not to overheat the ham, or else it will become dry.
- Remove the ham from the oven and turn the heat to 425 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, orange juice, mustard powder and ground nutmeg until well combined. Uncover the ham and spoon this glaze over the ham, then use a pastry brush to distribute the glaze evenly over the surface of the ham.
- Place the ham in the oven, uncovered, and cook until the glaze is starting to bubble and just beginning to brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Take the ham out of the oven and remove the cloves. Slice and serve.