There’s just something about a juicy ham during the festive season and we’ve discovered that there really is no need for store bought glaze dripping in refined sugar when fresh oranges, coconut palm sugar and grass-fed butter make for a perfectly delicious glaze concoction!
In this recipe, my good friend Samantha and I used a natural, antibiotic-free and hormone-free spiral-cut ham that was pre-smoked. (Check the ingredients list to ensure there aren’t any Paleo-unfriendly items sneaked in). We then paired the ham with a homemade citrus marinade, which tenderizes the meat and aids the body with the digestion of the ham. It turned out fabulously! Here’s how we did it:
7-10 lb spiral cut, smoked ham
4 cups pure orange juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon cloves
1/2 cup grass-fed butter, melted
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
Place your ham (fresh or frozen), in a large oven-compatible dish.
Mix 3 cups of orange juice, the nutmeg, cloves and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
Slice the oranges and soak the slices in the marinade for about 10 minutes, before removing the slices and placing them aside for later.
Pour the marinade mixture over the ham, completely drenching it.
Using toothpicks, pin the marinated orange slices to the surface of the ham, then cover the dish with foil and place the dish in the refrigerator to marinade for at least 4 hours (ideally overnight).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Remove the foil and place the dish in oven for about 30 minutes.
In the meanwhile, mix the last cup of orange juice with the coconut palm sugar and melted butter.
Once the 30 minutes have passed, remove the dish from the oven, and work the orange juice, coconut palm sugar and butter mixture into each spiral fold of the pre-sliced ham, pouring any excess over the exterior of the ham before placing the dish back in the oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until well cooked.
Remove the glazed ham from the oven and serve warm alongside your choice of vegetables.
May that add to your 2015 festivities!