Honey baked ham is an American classic. Served during holidays like Christmas New Year's, and even Easter, it's a sweet and savory centerpiece that people of all ages adore. Turns out, you can easily make it at home. Check out these instructions and tips for full-proof homemade honey baked ham recipe.
Honey Baked Ham Recipe
While eating honey baked ham warm is definitely a treat, the ham also makes killer leftovers. Serve it cold or at room temperature with a mustard sauce, or layer it into epic sweet ham sandwiches with crispy bacon.
Honey Baked Ham Ingredients
- 2.25 lbs. cooked ham
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup sherry vinegar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 lb. cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1 lb. baby potatoes, quartered
- Coarse salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Aromatic herbs of choice
Honey Baked Ham Preparation
- Remove the ham from the refrigerator a couple of hours before cooking in order to guarantee even cooking.
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- In medium saucepan, mix the honey with the brown sugar, cinnamon, and vinegar. Stir while cooking over low heat. The sauce should be thick. You can add a little water if you want a more liquid consistency.
- Place the ham in a large baking dish and drizzle with some of the honey sauce.
- Using kitchen twine, tie up the ham to secure it.
- Drizzle with more sauce, reserving some for basting.
- Place the tomatoes and potatoes in the dish along side the ham.
- Season everything with salt and pepper.
- Cover the dish with aluminum foil and place in the oven.
- Bake the ham for approximately 1 hour, basting with the remaining sauce every so often.
- Once the ham is ready, remove it from the oven and let cool enough to touch. Remove the twine and sprinkle with aromatic herbs.
- Carve into thin slices and serve with the potatoes and tomatoes. ¡Buen provecho!
Tips for Making the Perfect Honey Baked Ham
- Make sure you purchase quality cooked ham at the deli or butcher shop. The type of ham you buy can make a big difference in the end result.
- Use a very sharp knife to cut the ham. This helps keep lock in the juices instead of squeezing them out with a dull knife.
- Turn the ham halfway through the cooking process. This is optional, but it does help the ham cook evenly, especially if your oven has funny hot spots.
- Add other spices to the glaze like chili peppers, allspice, or cloves.
- Bake the ham with other sides like carrots, onions, or apples. You can also serve with mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, or a bright green salad.
- Substitute the sherry vinegar for sherry wine, cognac, or even brandy for a boozy sweet flavor
- Use a local, fragrant honey to make the glaze. Local honey has helpful anti-allergenic properties that really only have any effect if the bees are pollinating local plants and flowers. Using a local honey also guarantees that there are no added sugars or coloring.