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honey glazed cajun spiced ham

Honey Glazed Cajun Spiced Ham

This Cajun-spiced ham has a gorgeous honey spiced glaze but is mild enough for everyone in the family.

Ingredients

1 (7-8 pound) precooked, smoked ham
½ cup honey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Cajun Spice
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups stock (pork or chicken)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Place ham in a baking pan or cast iron skillet. If not making a spiral cut ham, with a knife, make about 20 inch wide slits about an inch and a half deep, in the top and sides of the ham. Use your finger to create a pocket but try to keep the holes on the small side.

Mix together the honey, butter, Cajun seasoning, allspice, clove, and nutmeg. Using hands, rub about half of the mixture over the ham and in the slits, and down the sides.

Reserve remainder, setting it on the stove so the butter will melt is ideal.  Pour stock into bottom of pan.

Bake, uncovered, for about 45 minutes.  Spoon some reserved glaze over ham just to thinly coat.  Repeat glazing procedure about every 20 minutes until done.

Bake until ham is a dark crusty brown and internal temperature is 140 degrees. Consult the information on your ham package for specific baking instructions.

When finished, remove ham and cover with foil and allow to rest for about 20 minutes before carving and serving. Serve with some of the juices if desired, or save juices for soup.

Notes

The amount of time a ham is cooked is dependent on oven temperature, size, and type. A precooked, smoked, and vacuum sealed ham is safe to eat cold or may be reheated. Generally:

  • a bone-in half ham will cook 18 to 24 minutes per pound
  • a spiral cut will cook between 10 to 18 minutes per pound
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