Introduction:
Berry Maple Glazed Ham is a delightful and savory dish that combines the rich flavors of ham with the sweetness of berries and maple syrup. This mouthwatering recipe is perfect for special occasions and holiday gatherings, as it adds a unique twist to the traditional glazed ham. The sweet and tangy berry glaze perfectly complements the smoky, salty ham, creating a harmonious balance of flavors that will leave your guests craving for more. With its vibrant colors and irresistible taste, this dish is not only a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes. Prepare to impress your family and friends with this exquisite dish!

History:
While the origins of glazed ham date back centuries, the combination of berries and maple syrup is a modern twist on a classic favorite. The tradition of glazing ham has its roots in Europe, where sweet glazes were used to enhance the flavor of cured meats. Over time, this practice evolved, and today, we’ve adapted it to include the delightful flavors of berries and maple syrup, creating a delightful fusion of flavors that elevate the humble ham to a gourmet masterpiece.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 1 bone-in ham (7-9 pounds)
  • 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1. Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C). Place the ham in a roasting pan with the cut side down.

2. Score the Ham:
Using a sharp knife, score the surface of the ham in a diamond pattern. This will allow the glaze to penetrate and flavor the meat.

3. Prepare the Glaze:
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the mixed berries, maple syrup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, orange juice, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, black pepper, and salt. Stir well and let it simmer for about 10 minutes until the berries break down and the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.

4. Glaze the Ham:
Brush a generous amount of the berry maple glaze all over the ham, making sure to get it into the scored cuts. Reserve some glaze for basting during roasting.

5. Roast the Ham:
Place the ham in the preheated oven and roast for 2 to 2 ½ hours or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F (60°C), basting every 30 minutes with the remaining glaze.

6. Rest and Serve:
Once the ham reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a juicy and flavorful ham.

7. Slice and Serve:
Carve the ham into thin slices and drizzle with any remaining glaze. Serve your Berry Maple Glazed Ham with your favorite sides like roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad.

NUTRITION FACTS:

Serving SizeCaloriesTotal FatCholesterolSodiumTotal CarbohydratesDietary FiberSugarsProtein
1 Serving42019g95mg1090mg25g1g21g33g

Conclusion:
Indulge in the delectable fusion of sweet and savory with our Berry Maple Glazed Ham. This special recipe combines the tradition of glazed ham with the modern twist of berries and maple syrup, creating a symphony of flavors that is perfect for any special occasion. The colorful and aromatic glaze transforms the ham into a work of culinary art, and its mouthwatering taste will leave a lasting impression on your guests. So, gather your loved ones, savor the unique deliciousness of this dish, and create unforgettable memories around the table. Enjoy!