Honey Mustard Ham with Warm Cinnamon Applesauce

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Growing up my father always made the Christmas ham.  I remember “helping” him get everything prepped and ready with the sweet brown sugar, honey, pineapple and cloves.  Really it was my way of getting a few pieces of pineapple 😉  My whole life I ate ham this way; it was tradition after all.  Sweet ham for a sweet ending to ring in the new year.  That was until I came across this sweet and savory recipe.  This Honey mustard ham with warm cinnamon applesauce is savory, and juicy with just the perfect balance of sweet from the apples.

I made this the other weekend while my father and brother almost inhaled the 10lb ham themselves!  Sneaking a little “nibble” as they called it turned into a full on assault of my beautiful ham.  I seriously had to stop them, so I could take pictures.

 Ingredients:

8 to 10 lb smoked ham, bone in, skin on
sprinkle kosher salt and black pepper
2 tbsp thyme leaves, chopped
2 tbsp sage leaves, chopped
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
3 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut in chunks
3 gala apples, cored and thinly sliced
3-4 shallots peeled, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cups apple cider
1 cup riesling wine
1 cup honey
1 cup water
1/4 tsp whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks

 

Preheat oven to 300* F.
Put the ham in a large roasting pan, skin side up. Using a sharp knife, score the ham with cuts across the skin (about two inches apart and one-half inch deep).  Cut diagonally down the slashes to form a diamond pattern.  Season the ham generously with salt and pepper.  Mix the herbs, mustard and oil to make a paste. Rub the herb mixture over the ham, making sure to get the flavor into all the slits.
Honey Mustard Ham
Pour just enough water in the bottom of the pan to have about 1/4 inch.  Cover with foil paper and bake the ham for two hours.  After the ham has been in the oven for the 2 hours remove the foil and baste with some of the liquid.  Return the ham to the oven for 30 min to crisp up the outside a bit.
Honey Mustard Ham with Warm Cinnamon Applesauce
For the applesauce, place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the honey, chunks of butter, apples, shallots, garlic, apple juice, brown sugar, wine, water and spices. Slowly cook the liquid down to a chunky, syrupy sauce (about 50 minutes).  Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves then serve with ham. 
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Remove the ham from the oven.  Set the ham on a cutting board to rest before carving. I like to cover mine with a bit of foil paper to retain the heat. 
Ham Dinner

 *Adapted from Chef Lynn Crawford

 

Honey Mustard Ham with Warm Cinnamon Applesauce
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Holiday
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Serves: 10
 
Simple, yet elegant Honey Mustard Ham with Warm Cinnamon Applesauce will impress all your holiday guests. It makes the most delicious leftover sandwiches.
Ingredients
  • 8 to 10 lb smoked ham, bone in, skin on
  • sprinkle kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbsp thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp sage leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cut in chunks
  • 3 gala apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3-4 shallots peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cups apple cider
  • 1 cup riesling wine
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300* F.
  2. Put the ham in a large roasting pan, skin side up. Using a sharp knife, score the ham with cuts across the skin (about two inches apart and one-half inch deep). Cut diagonally down the slashes to form a diamond pattern. Season the ham generously with salt and pepper.Mix the herbs, mustard and oil to make a paste. Rub the herb mixture over the ham, making sure to get the flavor into all the slits.
  3. Pour just enough water in the bottom of the pan to have about ¼ inch. Cover with foil paper and bake the ham for two hours. After the ham has been in the oven for the 2 hours remove the foil and baste with some of the liquid. Return the ham to the oven for 30 min to crisp up the outside a bit.
  4. For the applesauce, place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the honey, chunks of butter, apples, shallots, garlic, apple juice, brown sugar, wine, water and spices. Slowly cook the liquid down to a chunky, syrupy sauce (about 50 minutes). Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves then serve with ham.
  5. Remove the ham from the oven. Set the ham on a cutting board to rest before carving. I like to cover mine with a bit of foil paper to retain the heat.

 

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