Molasses Ginger Baked Ham

created by Sara O'Donnell

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Savory and sweet, this unique combination of seasonings creates a flavorful, juicy ham. Fresh from the oven, it’s an elegant main course for a nice family dinner. Piled high on sandwiches and enjoyed with macaroni salad, it’s the star of your springtime picnic.

Cook Time: 2.5 hrs

Ingredients

  • 1 FARMER JOHN® Half Ham 
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup grainy deli mustard
  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed chai tea
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 tbs. finely minced ginger root
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • black pepper to taste

Directions

Trim the ham. Using a sharp knife, carefully trim and discard the outer layer.

Make the glaze. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except the brown sugar.

Glaze the ham. Place ham in a prepared baking pan, cut side down. Pour half of the glaze over trimmed ham.

Pack brown sugar around the outside of the ham and pour remaining glaze carefully over the ham.

Cover and bake in a preheated 325-350 (F) oven, according to instructions on the ham based on weight (approximately 15 minutes per pound until warm). Once per hour, remove ham from oven, uncover and carefully baste ham with glaze from bottom of pan. After basting, cover and return ham to the oven until warmed through and internal temperature is approximately 145(F).

Allow the ham to rest, covered for 5-10 minutes before carving.

Bring the excess glaze to a boil. Strain and return to a gentle boil. Skim fat from top of glaze and serve glaze with ham. Glaze thickens as it cools.