Saturday, December 30, 2006

Champagne Glazed Ham

Seasonal Recipe of the Week
This is so easy, because first you start with a high-quality cooked ham — so you are really just making a great product better. Most glazes are super sweet and fruity, but this one is better because it has a bit of the bubbly which adds another layer of flavor to the dish. Don't worry kids, the alcohol burns off in the cooking process.

1/2 spiral-cut ham, 4-5 pounds
2 cups brown sugar
1 bottle champagne
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard

Place ham in a roasting pan on a rack. Pack 1 cup brown sugar on ham and pour 1/2 bottle of champagne over ham. Then have a little swig from the bottle for quality control! Place in 325 degree oven to bake a total of 1 hour. While it's in the oven, make glaze. In a saucepan, combine the rest of champagne, the rest of the brown sugar, honey, mustard, and ginger and bring to a boil. Baste ham with this mixture every 15 minutes. Yum!