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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Crumb Coated Baked Ham

This time of year it is easy to find spiral cut hams in the stores.  Most come with a packet of glaze to add at the end of the cooking time.  My ham came with a packet but I did not use it because I found this recipe and wanted to try it for something different. Give it a try, I think you will like it too.
The items on the left are the crumb coating that is put on at the end of the cooking time and the items on the right are the glaze.
To start the process line a cookie sheet with foil.  Then place a rack in the cookie sheet.
Then add a smaller sheet of foil in the middle of the rack.  I wish I had used heavy duty foil so learn from my mistakes and use the heavier foil.
Then place the cut side down on the foil.  Let the ham rest for about an hour and a half to get to room temperature.
Then cover the ham with a cooking bag.  Tuck the ends under the ham.  Place on the lowest rack in a preheated 325 oven.  Bake the ham for 2 hours.
It will barely fit in the oven.  Make sure the bag does not touch the eyes on top.
While the ham is baking you can mix up the glaze.  Start with 1 cup packed brown sugar.
1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoon dry mustard
2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Whisk the glaze.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Then reduce heat to medium low and simmer until it reduces to about 3/4 cup.  About 15-20 minutes.  Let cook while the ham bakes.
In another bowl mix the crumb coating.  Start with 1 1/2 cup panko.
1/2 cup minced parsley.  The recipe calls for fresh parsley and I didn't have any so I used dried parsley.
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 Tablespoons oil.  I didn't mix the oil until the very end when it was time to add the crumb coating to the ham.  I didn't want it to get soggy.
The sauce boiling.
The ham after 2 hours baking.
Looks pretty good.
Now brush the glaze on the ham.
With the glaze all over the ham.
Add the oil to the panko.
Mix well
Then start sprinkling it on the ham.
The ham crumb coated.  It was hard to get in on some of the lower pieces. Increase temperature to 400 and place the ham back in the oven for about another 20-30 minutes.
The ham when it has been removed from the oven.  Let the ham sit for about 30 minutes before cutting it off the bone.  It was a little more work than just using the glaze packet that comes with the ham, but I think it was worth it.  Might need to buy another ham and put it in the freezer for later on this winter.  This is a keeper.

Crumb Coated Baked Ham Recipe

1 8to 9 lb bone in spiral sliced ham
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
3 Tablespoons oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoons pepper

Let ham sit for 1 1/2 hours to reach room temperatures.  Place ham in 325 oven for 2 hours.  Then raise temperature to 400 and bake for another 20-30 minutes.  Let sit for 30 minutes.

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