I have the easiest Easter ham recipe for you! The best part is most of the time this recipe takes to make, you don’t have to do anything at all!
I find ham to be one of two things when I make it. Dry or salty. So I needed a way to keep it moist and more on the sweeter side – but not too sweet. I brine turkeys for Thanksgiving and they always come out moist and flavorful. I “brined” this ham with the easiest thing ever. Apple cider. Slightly sweet but it also provides a bit of acidity which makes the ham become extra tender while baking.
The gravy is literally pan drippings which we coax along with a bit more apple cider and a pat of butter in the bottom of the pan. It will never get thick as you cook it though, think the au jus sauce with a french dip. Thin gravy that just begs to be poured lusciously over the ham. I do think the crowning achievement in this though is packing those slices of apple in between the slices. It really forces the apple flavor to come out in every bite.
Do you have any cool plans for Easter this year? My family is huge and with all the awesome additions of significant others, children, and friends we can easily expect upwards of 50 people for Easter dinner! Yes, it’s a crazy number, but so much fun too! I love catching up with family that I only see generally at Easter or Christmas … or on facebook.
We generally do this huge easter egg hunt too, but since most of us are old now ant children anymore, we made the game more “adult”. My sister Angela was in charge of the hunt for several years and this will be the first year without her egg hunt planning. I am not worried, she got a good thing going so all we need to do is carry on!
I am super curious as to what you guys put in adult easter eggs. We generally put a bit of candy and a piece of paper with a number. Then when everyone is done fighting over the last pink egg stuck behind the dryer, we hold a raffle. Movie tickets are a welcome prize. Gift cards, money etc all work too. I haven’t decided the specifics of this years yet, do you have any ideas?
So, after we hunt eggs and keep our little pieces of paper from blowing away, we sit down to eat a feast. And trust me its a legitimate feast. Every year requirements consist of ham, lamb, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, deviled eggs, rolls, veggies, fruit salad and many varieties of pie. We like to change it up though too. Sometimes we will see things like tri tip, jello salad, or even a full on bunny shaped cake. Needless to say I will go into a serious food coma after that.
I am definitely making this ham this year. I can hands down say its the best I’ve ever made. Moist, slightly sweet like apples but that does not require a visit to the dentist, and tender. After I made the ham for this post, I have also found incredible uses for leftovers. Sandwiches of course, but I also made a quick carbonara and split pea soup. So even if you are not feeding 50 people, this is certainly still worthwhile. You will thank me when you bite into your next ham sandwich.
By the way, Juliet couldn’t stand it when I made this. I think she asked if she could eat a piece at least 15 times after I pulled it out of the oven. I finally conceded, and then got a picture of her stealing that illustrious first bite right off the ham. For my trouble, she offered her adorable stuffed rabbit to watch over the photo shoot to add a bit of Easter to the theme.
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- 1 large spiral cut ham
- 64 ounces plus 1 cup apple cider
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 large apple, peeled, cut in half vertically, cored and sliced thin
- 1 tablespoon butter
- In an extra large resealable bag place the ham and 64 ounces of apple cider. Seal bag with as little air as possible and place in the refrigerator for 2 days.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Drain off cider out of the bag and place the ham in a roasting pan. Pour 1 cup of apple cider in the bottom of the pan. Place apple slices randomly between layers of ham all around. Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and allspice together. Rub all over the outside of the ham and cover the entire pan in aluminum foil. Bake for an hour and a half.
- Remove ham to a platter, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let sit. Pour the juice in the bottom of the pan into a saucepan and place it over medium high heat. Add 1 cup apple cider and boil for about five minutes. Add butter and salt and pepper and stir until melted. Serve over ham slices.