Published Thursday, November 22, 2012

Holiday ham with apricot glaze

From Staff Reports

While turkey is the star of today’s Thanksgiving celebration, thoughts often turn to pork for Christmas.

The National Pork Board has lots of great ideas for your holiday table from Crown Roast of Pork with Walnut-Rhubarb Stuffing or Warm Holiday Ham Crescents for your Christmas brunch guests.

Visit for recipes, or try an easy-to-prepare Apricot Glazed Ham this season:


Apricot-Glazed Ham

Prep Time: 10 minutes prep, Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes cook


5 pounds fully cooked whole boneless ham


1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar


1 Tablespoon cornstarch


1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


1/4 teaspoon cloves


2/3 cup apricot nectar


2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Cooking Directions:

Place ham on rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 325°F. oven for 1 1/4 hours or until meat thermometer registers 140 °F. (about 15-18 minutes per pound.)

For the glaze, in a small saucepan combine brown sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg and cloves. Stir in apricot nectar and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly.

Brush ham with glaze. Continue baking 15-20 minutes more, brushing occasionally with glaze.

Serves 20

Serving Suggestions:

A simple glaze over ham makes for an easy special occasion meal. Serve with green bean casserole, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and fruit salad.

Random Leftover Tip:

Make a salad with the leftover pork!

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