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You know when it comes to a fantastic holiday on tray, there are definitely a few camps out there either you love a good turkey, you love a good prime red, and if you’re in a ham category, I’ve got a recipe for you that you’re absolutely going to love.
And what we’re going to do right now is take a 12-pound smoked pre-cooked ham, something that you can certainly find in a lot of great grocery stores but we’re going to pull out some really delicious holiday flavor and it’s going to taste sensational. Now, we’re going to do that by putting together a really delicious and very simple orange and sage glaze and it all uses a couple of ingredients and it’s absolutely delicious.
So, what we’re going to do is we got a little pot here all right. We’re going to take two oranges. We’re going to take sharp knife but we’re also going to cut these in thin slices. Now, if you can find some great holiday tangerines or even some clementines, I think those are going to look great too.
So, we got orange here. I’m going to take couple of slices and I’m going to throw them right in. The great thing about the oranges here, they’re really going to start to kind of fall apart melt and it’s almost going to turn into a delicious little marmalade. Then, we’re going throw all over the top of the smoked ham and the flavor is going to melt together and it’s going to be juicy and delicious.
All right. So, we got the oranges in there. All right. And now we’re just going to load up a lot of great stuff. I got two cups of orange juice. We’re going to fill that in right on top. It really kind of hit that orange flavor home. Then, we’ve got two cups of light brown sugar and we’ll dump all this in just like that. All right. Turn the temperature up high and let all those great flavors start to come together. We’re going to add a stick of butter to this, just nice and rich. Let it start to melt away. Then we’re also going to add a cup of water just a little. Make sure we can get a lot of volume out of it. Then we’re going to add some great spices to it.
I’ve got two cinnamon sticks and two cloves. I’m going to drop this in and you want to let this cook for let’s say 10 to 15 minutes until it gets really thick. It’s going to look and taste just like orange marmalade and it’s really delicious and you made it yourself.
All right. So, let’s talk about our ham here. So, I’ve got a ham. You want to make sure you roast it in a pan plenty big enough because it’s going to take a little bit of time to cook. All right. So, the whole thing is cooked for the most part but what we’re going to do is kind of melt some of that delicious fat down and really kind of work in some of those great orange flavors. But what we’re going to do first, I’m going to show you how to scour it.
Them what we’re going to do is kind of figure out how to get a nice kind of cross section and get those really pretty diamonds. Now, a couple of ways you can really do that. First, you want to take the knife and you want to go on one direction from the base all the way up to the top and a sharp knife certainly helps with this process. Then we’re going to flip the ham over then we’re going to do it to the other side too.
Now, this does a couple of things. I really let some marmalade in through but it also kind of pulls out some of those extra bits of fat that some people are looking for to get rid off. Then we’re going to take the hammer. We’re going to flip it over one more time and then we’re going to go back the opposite direction with it. We’re going to tale a knife and then just kind of cut some great little cross sections out of this. So we’ve got a small little triangle almost bay windows just like that. Don’t be afraid about kind of cutting into the ham. It’s not a big deal. I’m going to show who’s boss. We’ll cut some nice cross section to this whole thing just like that. Okay, great.
Now, the ham is the most part that is absolutely ready to go. The sauce really smells delicious and we’re going to add some great flavors to this as well. We got some fresh sage which I just love around the holidays. I think it’s such a great taste. So, what we’re going to do is we’re going to set this thing whole thing up. We drizzle it with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil right on top then we’re going to take our beautiful glaze. We’re going to take a spoon and we’re just going to paint all these great beautiful color right on top. Take a look at that isn’t that fabulous All those great oranges and holiday smell. It smells absolutely delicious. The butter and the orange together, it’s a great combination. So, we’re going to take all these great stuff and make you paint a lot of great flavor right on top of this whole thing. It smells absolutely phenomenal.
We got the oven set. For the most part, the ham is completely cooked already so we’re not talking about high temperature. We’re talking about low temperature at 300 degrees and we’re going to cook this low and slow for about an hour and a half until the whole thing starts to fall apart and it’s just delicious then it makes the whole house smell great.
We’re also going to take some fresh sage and we’re just going to rip it up and just kind of throw it right on top all these great sage layers. And a lot of this flavor is going to come out if the bottom and it’s just going to smell phenomenal. So, we got this. We got a little bit of fresh cracked pepper right on top. And I’m telling you guys, this is the best ham, simple recipe, couples of ingredients and you’re absolutely going to love it.
So, we got our oven set up right here. I think this whole thing drop at them and make sure you got plenty of room. Don’t put on the bottom. You want to put them on the middle rack facing the top. Let’s drop it in and this is what it looks like when it comes out.
Now, a lot of the great little bay windows we cut on this, they look really beautiful. It’s kind of has a great mahogany kind of color to it and it’s going to look great on your dining table.
Take a look at this. We got a big platter here. We’re going to take our ham guide. Swap this out. Now, we’re going to take our ham and we are going to put it right on to a beautiful platter. Isn’t that great? Look how beautiful and juicy that is. All those great flavors will sip right in to it. So we put it right on the platter just like that then we’re going to take all those great sauce because you don’t want to lose any of it. All those great sauce, we’re going to put it right on top just like that.
Now, one thing I didn’t bring up, when you put it in the oven, you make sure you want to baste it every half an hour and make sure all these beautiful sauces are getting right back on top and it’s all going to put a beautiful mahogany finish all over the top of this ham and it’s going to look great on your dining table.
So, I got some fresh sage right here a nice little bouquet. We’re going to throw right on the side and kind of hit this flavors home one more time and that’s it, a great holiday ham. If you’re on this camp, you’re going to love it. This is the best ham you’ll ever taste.