Baked Ham with Sweet Mango and Ginger
A tropical glaze gives baked ham a vibrant twist. Serve with snap peas and Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes.
6 to 7 pounds bone-in ham, with natural juices
1 to 2 cups mango nectar, or juice
1 1/2 cups mango jam, or apricot jam
3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh gingerroot, finely grated
1/2 teaspoon cloves
- Let the ham stand at room temperature for 90 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 275°F (135°C). Set the rack at the lowest position. Rinse and pat dry the ham. Using a sharp knife, score the skin of the ham in a criss-cross pattern. Place ham on oven-safe skillet with high sides or a large pot or Dutch Oven. Pour the mango juice into the pan, and add additional water if necessary to bring the liquid level to 1/2 inch. Cover the pan tightly with tin foil. Roast in oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (about 15 minutes per pound) or until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 100°F (40°C).
- While the ham is cooking, prepare the glaze. Combine the mango jam, brown sugar, gingerroot and cloves in a small sauce pot and cook over low heat until the glaze is thick and sticky. Turn off heat and set aside
- Take the ham out of the over when it reaches the first internal temperature of 100°F (40°C). Turn the oven to 425°F (220°C). Brush the ham with about 1/4 of the glaze all over. You should have some mango juice in the pan, if not, add additional mango juice or water to reach 1/4 inch. Once the oven comes to temperature, return the ham, uncovered to oven. Bake for 15 minutes until the liquid is bubbly and the ham has turned to a nice, deep golden brown. The internal temperature of the ham should be 140°F (60°C).
- Remove ham to a cutting board and let rest for 15 minutes. Return the remaining glaze to the stove on medium-low heat. Your roasting pan should have some mango juice left – carefully pour about 1/2 cup of the mango pan juice into the glaze. Whisk and adjust with either more juice or mango jam to create a beautiful, slightly thick glaze for serving.
- Carve the ham and serve with the Mango-Ginger Glaze.
Makes 12 to 14 servings.
Tip: The choice of pan is important; you want the ham to fit snugly in the pan, with about 2-inches of space all around. For a 6 to 7 pound ham, use an oven-safe 12-inch skillet or sauté pan with high sides, as roasting pans can be too big. You can also use a large pot or Dutch oven.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe): Calories: 400 calories; Protein: 41 grams; Fat: 8 grams; Sodium: 2450 milligrams; Cholesterol: 130 milligrams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Carbohydrates: 45 grams; Fiber: 0 grams.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Pork, Be Inspired.