We dialed it back for Thanksgiving, so we’re pulling out all the stops for Christmas 2020. Yeah, nobody is coming over this year. Yeah, we will be eating ham for weeks. Yeah, you can always freeze the leftovers and use it for soups, sandwiches and breakfast sides later. 2020 is almost over. Let’s go ham, people!
If you bought a ham or are buying a ham for Christmas dinner this year, it’s already cooked and most likely tastes the same as any other ham. The key to making that boring old ham shine is going to be the glaze that you finish it with. Your ham glaze is going to turn your ham from “Meh” to “MmmMmmmMmmm”. Make this year all about the ham glaze and Christmas dinner will make you forget that 2020 has been a complete wash.
Pro Tip: Whether you’re using a 10.5-inch or 12-inch skillet, be sure to buy a ham that will fit in the skillet you plan to roast it in.
Preheat your oven to 450°F. You’ll need to bake your ham for 13 minutes per pound. Look for the total weight of the ham on the package, then multiply it by 13 to get your total cook time in minutes. Coat the inside of your Stargazer Cast Iron skillet with the avocado oil. Add the ham to the skillet and move the skillet to the preheated oven. Bake uncovered at 450°F for 15 minutes to sear the Ham, then turn the oven temperature down to 350°F for the remainder of the required cook time based on the weight of your ham. For hams under 2 lbs, reduce the sear time to 10 minutes.
Preheat a small saucepan on low heat. Add the honey, brown sugar, salt, ground black pepper and paprika and stir constantly until the brown sugar has melted. Remove the pan from the heat.
Remove the ham from the oven 15 minutes before it is done baking. Generously brush the glaze all over the ham before moving it back to the oven, still uncovered, for the remainder of the cook time.
Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and let the ham rest for 10 minutes prior to slicing into half inch slices and serving. Happy holidays to you all!