The beauty of a ham is that, like a Thanksgiving turkey, it’s a big-batch entree that can feed all of your holiday guests at once, so there’s no need to prepare individual servings of dinner. But also like a turkey, ham needs a bit of dressing up before it’s ready to take center stage at your Easter feast, and in most recipes that next-level addition comes in the form of a glaze. Sweet, spicy, tangy or nearly anywhere in between, glazes complement the natural richness of ham and can play to your guests’ tastes. Check out Food Network’s top-five Easter hams below to find wow-worthy recipes that are a cinch to prepare from Trisha, Melissa, Ina and more chefs.
5. Baked Ham with Brown Sugar-Honey Glaze — Made with just two ingredients — brown sugar and honey — Trisha’s fuss-free glaze tops the ham well into the cooking process, so the sugars don’t burn before the meat is cooked.
4. Ginger-Peach-Glazed Ham — Food Network Magazine recommends letting the ham chill in a ginger-spiced brine for at least 24 hours before cooking it and finishing it with a sweetened Dijon topping.
3. Baked Ham with Spiced Cherry Glaze — Not only does Melissa bake her ham with a combination of cinnamon and cherry preserves spiked with horseradish, but she also serves the meat with the leftover glaze on the side, allowing guests to add extra during dinner.
2. Orange Baked Ham — Ina starts with a spiral-cut ham so that when she covers it with a garlic-citrus mixture, the smooth sauce creeps into every crevice and flavors the meat. Click the play button on the video below to watch her make it.
1. Roasted Fresh Ham with Cider Glaze — It’s best to bake this impressive holiday ham (pictured above) in a two-part cooking process — once quickly at a high temperature, then again at a lower temperature — so that you achieve a deliciously crispy herb crust on the outside and juicy cider-flavored meat inside.