Glazed Ham Makes an Easter Comeback

A moist, bone-in baked ham gilded with a sweet-and-tangy glaze makes a great holiday centerpiece. These so-called city hams are wet-cured and smoked (in contrast to dry-cured country hams). They're commonly available in shank or butt portions; butt has a higher meat-to-bone ratio. They're already cooked, so all you need to do is heat before serving, MGZ says on Chowhound. While presliced hams are easier to serve, they're also likelier to dry out.

Chowhound treb bakes bone-in ham at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until heated through, then glazes and returns it to the oven, bumped up to 425. That's the method for this CHOW Test Kitchen Honey-Mustard Glazed Ham (pictured).

As for the glaze, just about anything sweet (molasses, honey, or jam) will do, MGZ says, though Jonishkc swears by Nigella Lawson's recipe with hot mustard and ginger preserves.

Need a guide for choosing a ham? The New York Times has an excellent one.

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