Baked ham with honey recipe

One of the classics for Christmas and special occasions is baked ham with honey, a delicious dish that is very easy to prepare! Surprise your guests with this recipe that will surely make them want to repeat it, and the kids will love it too!

How to make baked ham with honey?

Christmas ham, as this recipe is also known, is delicious. You can serve it at Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas or New Year's Eve lunch; if there are leftovers, it is also advisable to use it to make sandwiches. Everyone will love it!

It has a sweet and sour taste and is a one-star dish that triumphs on any special occasion.

Ingredients

  • One kilo of cooked ham.
  • Half a glass of honey.
  • 250 milliliters of sherry vinegar.
  • Half a cup of brown sugar.
  • A teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
  • Half a kilo of cherry tomatoes.
  • Half a kilo of baker potatoes or small potatoes.
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, and the aromatic herbs of your choice.

Elaboration

  • First, as with all the cuts, remove the ham from the refrigerator a couple of hours before cooking. Remember that the ham must be at room temperature when baking; otherwise, it could be cold inside.
  • Buy quality cooked ham at the deli or butcher's shop. The type of ham you buy can make a big difference.
  • In a saucepan, large enough, mix the honey with the brown sugar, cinnamon, and vinegar. Stir while cooking over low heat. The sauce should be thick, but add a little water if you want a more liquid texture.
  • Place the ham in a special oven dish and drizzle with the sauce.
  • Bridging the ham
  • before placing it in the baking dish is essential. To bridle means to tie with a unique kitchen string.
  • Drizzle the ham with the sauce you have prepared.
  • Cut the tomatoes into quarters and place them in the dish with the ham.
  • Peel and cut the potatoes into slices of about the same thickness so they can be done evenly. 
  • Add the potatoes to the same bowl with the ham and tomatoes.
  • Cover the container with aluminum foil.
  • Preheat the oven to 180º C, with heat up and down.
  • Once the oven is hot, put the container in and bake for approximately 60 minutes.
  • You must reserve some of the sauce mixtures you made at the beginning of the recipe. This is for basting the ham from time to time during cooking.
  • While the ham is in the oven, you must check it occasionally; if it is drying out, do not stop adding the sauce. In addition, you should also season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  • Once the ham is ready, carefully remove it and sprinkle the aromatic herbs on top. You can use fresh or dried oregano or parsley, but if it is new, much better. To add the fresh herbs, chop finely.

Tips for baked ham with honey

It is crucial to buy quality ham, as this makes a big difference when serving the recipe. In addition, it is highly recommended to handle the ham with kitchen tongs because if you use a fork or knife to mince it, the meat can lose the cooking juices and become dry inside.

 

It is also advisable to turn the ham halfway through cooking. However, this step is optional, and only some turn the ham over - it all depends on the oven's power and your cooking preferences!

 

Honey-baked ham is a very versatile recipe; you don't necessarily have to pair it with potatoes and cherry tomatoes. You can make just the ham and the garnish on the side, as it is a recipe that goes well with anything. In addition, you can also add whole pepper, allspice, and cloves to the mixture. These are very aromatic spices with a consistent flavor, adding an exceptional touch to the recipe!

 

Finally, you can substitute the sherry vinegar for sherry wine or even brandy or cognac, allowing the alcohol to evaporate while stirring in the pan over low heat. Using red wine, brandy or cognac also adds a unique and special touch to your recipe.

 

As for the honey, the more homemade, the better. Although you can easily buy it at the supermarket, use something other than honey that includes eucalyptus. For example, look for dry bee honey. And if you can, buy it at a gastronomic or Christmas market. Homemade honey has a different consistency than what you can find in the supermarket.

 

Finally, the garnish for baked ham with honey can vary. You can prepare boiled or baked potatoes in a separate tray and serve them with mashed potatoes, giving them a unique touch. Try it with a green salad or steamed vegetables - your guests will love it!



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