Recipe Details

Apricot-Glazed Ham

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Servings: 20

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

5 pound fully-cooked boneless ham
1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2/3 cup apricot nectar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Cooking Directions

Place ham on rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 325 degree F. oven for 1 1/4 hours or until meat thermometer registers 140 degrees F. (about 15-18 minutes per pound.)

For the glaze, in a small saucepan combine brown sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg and cloves. Stir in apricot nectar and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly.

Brush ham with glaze. Continue baking 15-20 minutes more, brushing occasionally with glaze.

Serves 20

Serving Suggestions

A simple glaze over ham makes for an easy special occasion meal. Serve with green bean casserole, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and fruit salad.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 208 calories
Protein: 25 grams
Fat: 9 grams
Sodium: 1572 milligrams
Cholesterol: 64 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 6 grams
Fiber: 0 grams

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Big hit!
by anonymous 12/26/2012
 Made this for Christmas dinner. Turned out great.