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The Best Glazed Baked Ham Menu

by Kathleen Gasior, studioD

There are few things more luscious, easy or crowd-pleasing than a glazed, baked ham, yet in most households it only makes an appearance during the holidays. With the right menu planning, you can easily move beyond Easter and serve this versatile basic anytime you please. Glazed, baked ham can feed a crowd on a budget, or serve a small family with easy leftovers for sandwiches, soups and casseroles, a time-saving bonus.

Perfect Ham Every Time

For easy preparation, few foods can beat a ham. Buy a butt portion for more meat, and make your own glaze with jam, mustard and spicy dressing or dip mix, or opt for a spiral-sliced ham that has been pre-cooked, glazed and sliced. You need only heat it or serve it cold if you prefer. If you cook your own ham, make sure you glaze before and after cooking and let it rest for at least 30 minutes before carving.

The Buffet Menu

With a glazed ham as your centerpiece, you can build a fantastic buffet to serve a big family gathering or party. Try this make-ahead menu: chutney-glazed ham, spring pea soup, carrots with pistachios, and pepper-cheese biscuits. Put out lemon beehive meringues for dessert, and sit back and collect the compliments.

Weekend Supper

This menu works perfectly for a Saturday or Sunday dinner with a spicy twist and will leave you with leftovers for the week ahead. Prepare a Tex-Mex inspired menu with chipotle-pineapple glazed ham, lemon-glazed asparagus, garlic mashed potatoes and green chile cornbread. Serve a refreshing green salad with creamy ranch dressing. If you're yearning for a sweet ending, finish this meal with coconut cake and lime sorbet.

Leftovers? No Problem

When your ham dinner is over, you'll likely have leftovers. Simply slice some of the ham very thin for sandwiches -- delicious with chutney and cheddar, or use creamy dressing or dip as a sandwich spread. Cube the leftover ham and save for a ham, sour cream and noodle casserole or creamy ham and sweet corn soup, and try a package of dry dressing and seasoning mix to add a flavor kick to either dish. The ham bone can be bagged, frozen and saved to make a hearty ham stock, a great base for homemade baked beans.

About the Author

Kathleen Gasior has over five years of experience as an editor, reporter and columnist for a chain of weekly newspapers in Northern New Jersey including the "Warren Reporter," "Phillipsburg Free Press" and "Belvidere News." She has been writing for over 30 years. Gasior has a Bachelor of Social Work from Monmouth University and over 25 years field experience. Gasior is also trained in cosmetology.

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