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Spiral hams are usually already cooked, so they just need to be reheated in the oven. Check the packaging to make sure. You will need to heat the ham in a warm (not hot) oven, so it does not dry out. You can then serve it with your favorite Easter food side dish recipes.

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F and remove your spiral-sliced ham from the packaging. Put it face-down in a roasting pan, unless you are using a whole ham, in which case put it on its side. Cover the ham tightly with aluminum foil and heat it for twelve to fifteen minutes per pound. Let the ham rest for ten minutes before you carve it.

Approximate Cooking Times

A quarter ham will take about one and a half hours, a half ham will take about two hours, and a whole ham will take about three hours. It is very important not to use a higher heat or overcook the ham, else it will be dry instead of succulent.

Glazing a Spiral-Sliced Ham

How to Cook a Spiral-Sliced Ham
If you want to glaze your ham, take it out of the oven ten minutes before the end of the cooking time and brush a glaze over the surface of the ham. Heat the glazed ham uncovered for ten minutes. Heat the remainder of the glaze in the microwave for forty seconds, and then serve it with the ham.

Ideas for a Spiral Ham Glaze

Try combining a quarter cup each of orange juice, pear nectar, honey, and brown sugar. This is enough for a three and a half pound ham. Another nice glaze can be made by combining a quarter cup each of brown sugar and maple syrup with a tablespoon of whole grain Dijon mustard, and a pinch each of ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon.

Originally Published in Our Issue #16 April 5, 2012 Newsletter

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