Orange Baked Ham

Merry Christmas friends!!  I hope this holiday season has brought you everything you dream it would be, or at least some happiness.  This month I hosted a dinner party, and it was fantastic.  We drank, ate, and talked into the wee hours of the morning.  I could not have asked for anything better.   When I visited my mom, I read her Ina cookbook (Parties!) and saw that Ina plans her cooking down to the minute on the day of the planned event.  I planned everything, and then I got behind.  Oh well.  At least I did not have to constantly look at the recipes and figure out when and how I was supposed to start them.  Ina is an entertaining genius! NEWHO  She has this ham recipe that is delicious!  I highly recommend using it for any gathering.  All that is needed is the glaze, an oven, and the ham.  Pulse the glaze in a blender or food processor and then pour it over the ham.  Put the ham in the oven, and have a cocktail.  So for those who still have not planned their holiday menu, here is an easy ham recipe that will have everyone wowed!

Orange Baked Ham
Adapted from Ina Garten

1 (14-16 lb) fully cooked, sprial-cut smoked ham on the bone
6 garlic cloves
8 ½ ounces orange marmalade
½ cup Dijon mustard
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 orange, zested
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Place the ham in a heavy roasting pan.  Mince the garlic in a food processor fitted with the steel blade.  Add the marmalade, mustard, brown sugar, orange zest, and orange juice and process until smooth.  Pour the half of the glaze over the ham and bake for 1 hour, until the ham is fully heated and the glaze is well browned.  Meanwhile, heat the remaining glaze in a saucepan over medium-low.  Serve the ham hot or at room temperature with the warm glaze.

Serves: 15~20

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