Thursday, December 13, 2018

Apple Cider Ham

Bone in shank ham, baked in apple cider and basted with a brown sugar, mustard and pepper jelly glaze.
Baked Ham, basted with an apple cider, honey, brown sugar, pepper jelly and mustard glaze.

Apple Cider Ham

The Cajun loves baked ham, and I mean he loves it, so much so, that I don't wait for a holiday to cook them - I cook them all year-round! It's pretty good stuff, gotta admit, and it's good hot from the oven, at room temperature, or even cold, right out of the fridge.

There's so many things you can do with ham too, from sandwich fillings to beans to casseroles, that it makes sense to buy a big one for planned leftovers. I also prefer a bone-in ham, just to have the bone, but take into consideration the fact that it can often take up a substantial percentage of the weight of the ham. All the more reason to buy a larger one. I mean you just can't beat the flavor of a pot of ham bone beans!

My number one favorite baked ham has always been, and remains, the Coca-Cola brown sugar and mustard ham, that's pretty much the standard of the southern ham recipes, right next to pineapple, another favorite I love. I use the combination of brown sugar and mustard in most of the baked ham recipes that I make and this one is no exception.

One of my favorite roast turkey recipes uses apple cider, and cider goes just as well with ham, so I think you'll enjoy this one too. Remember once you slice the meat off the bone along the natural seams of the ham, to then dredge the slices in the liquid for maximum flavor, before transferring to a serving platter. Yum yum y'all!

I chose to use a little Creole seasoning, rather than my usual Cajun version {affil link}. While Cajun seasoning usually contains only salt and black and red peppers, and sometimes a little garlic, Creole typically has additional spices. I'm using Zatarain's {affil link}, which contains the addition of onion, chili powder, paprika and other spices.

I'm also using Mrs. G's pepper jelly {affil link}, what has become a favorite hand-crafted pepper jelly that is the perfect blend of sweet and heat. The Mango Ginger Habanero is probably right at the top of the heat level of all that they make, but it's not excessively hot, especially when used as a ham glaze. You can find them online at Amazon {affil link}. If you prefer a milder jelly, you can substitute something like an apple jelly or orange marmalade.

Here's how to make my apple cider ham. I didn't trim any fat off of my ham though I often do. I just cut slits into it so as I basted it, that glaze goodness would get up in there!

I'm sorry, but ain't that purtay!!

Remember as you slice the ham, dredge it in those pan juices!

For more of my favorite baked ham recipes, check out the collection on my Pinterest page!

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