This moist and tasty Baked Ham with Marmalade Almond Crust is a must-try. Makes an impressive main dish and is perfect for Sunday supper or the holidays!
Ham is a holiday favorite at our house. For Easter and Christmas of 2014, I let my slow cooker do all the cooking. It was super easy and fuss free. The meat was moist, tender, and delicious. Using the slow cooker is definitely the way to go if you need the oven to prepare the other dishes for your holiday feast.
Baked Ham For Easter and Christmas
For Easter of 2015, I decided on a baked version as the main dish. This Baked Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze took center stage and it was a winner! Not only did it look gorgeous but it was moist and flavorful. I was really happy at the way it turned out and everyone in the family thoroughly enjoyed it.
For two consecutive Christmases, Rib Eye Roast was our main dish. This year, we all agreed that we should have another baked ham instead. I purchased two spiral cut hams and made this Baked Ham with Marmalade Almond Crust for our dinner. The other one was kept for a holiday get-together which I will share later.
This time round, I wanted it to be a little different. Instead of just a marmalade glazed ham, I decided on a Marmalade Almond Crust on top of the glaze to give it a little texture. For the crust, I used a mix of almond meal, crushed rice cereals, and dried herbs for additional flavor.
To serve, I placed it on a platter with the meat cascading downwards. Everyone said, “Wow!” I have to say, it did look quite impressive.
Note: Ham can be pretty salty. Soaking the spiral cut ham in cold water for an hour was perfect! You may have to soak uncut ham for a slightly longer period of time.
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- Remove ham from packaging. Rinse with cold water and soak in the clean sink or tub for 1 hour. Remove and pat dry with paper towels. Place on a metal rack in a deep baking dish with fat side up.
- Combine marmalade, brown sugar, and 2 tablespoon water in a small bowl. Mix well.
- Brush half of the glaze onto the ham and into the folds of the cut slices. Reserve the other half of the glaze for later.
- Place ham in a preheated 325°F (165°C) oven and bake for 1¼ hours.
- Combine almond meal, crushed cereals, dried thyme, and dried rosemary in another small bowl.
- Carefully remove the ham from the oven. Increase oven temperature to 375˚F (190˚C).
- Brush the remaining glaze onto the ham. Sprinkle and pat dry mixture all over the ham.
- Return ham to the oven. Continue to bake for another 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and the internal temperature of ham reaches 160°F (71°C).
- Allow ham to rest for 15 minutes before serving.
This Baked Ham with Marmalade Almond Crust was very moist and super tasty. I served it with Cranberry Wild Rice Stuffed Squash which was in itself a festive and quite substantial side dish.
For dessert, we had Rich Fruit Cake I made two weeks back.
Each person also enjoyed a Star Wars Cardamom Butter Cookie. We had a totally enjoyable Christmas Eve dinner. 🙂
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎