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Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham

Wed, Dec 9, 2009

Cooking, Recipes, Slow Cooking, Tex-Mex

**UPDATE**  The winner of the Microplane was #43 (as chosen by Random.org).  Congratulations to Amanda from The Two Boos Who Eat!

We have ham today, but first … how about a giveaway?


Because it is the Holidays, and because I appreciate all my readers more than I can express, I am giving away one of my FAVORITE kitchen tools!


A Classic Series Microplane!  This handy tool is great for zesting, grating, and finely shaving all manner of fruit, cheese, spice, and chocolate!  I can’t do without it and I want to share the kitchen love!

All you have to do is comment on this post and tell me about another kitchen tool you love and can’t cook without.  Is it your wooden spoons?  Your granny’s cast iron skillet?  Perhaps it is a food mill or a pasta roller?  Make sure to use a valid email address when filling out the comment form so I can contact you if you win, and that’s it!  One entry per person, please.  This contest is limited to residents of the continental United States and Canada (sorry overseas readers!).  No entries after 9:00 p.m. Central Time Sunday, December 13, 2009.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, December 14, 2009. Good Luck!!!


Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham 

I love ham.  I love pork in general and my favorite, right after bacon, is ham.  I have fond memories of eating cold honey ham at my grandmother’s house as a child.  My family and I would arrive a day or two before Thanksgiving and the first thine we would hit was the ham.   She always bought two, knowing our almost legendary ability to eat whole hams in one evening.

Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham

Making ham means, of course, that there will be ham sandwiches.  Sure you can eat the thin sliced lunch meat variety of ham, but make me one with thick, spiral cut, slices and I’ll follow you anywhere … especially the kitchen!  Ham never goes to waste in my house either.  I eat the meat, or cook with what I can’t cram into a sandwich, and the bone I use for a pot of Pinto Beans.  (Rest assured, you will be seeing this ham bone made into my Pinto Beans in January!)

Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham

What makes this ham stand out is the glaze.  It is not too sweet, not too tangy, and not too spicy.  It is almost like a BBQ sauce except for the clove and cinnamon.  While we are discussing glaze, I recommend making extra glaze for pouring over the warm slices of ham when you serve if you like lots of glaze.  Just reduce what you do not use on the ham until it is thick and you are set!  You can also make this ham in advance and serve it cold on a buffet.  It is really good any way you want to serve it!

Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham    1 – 10 pound ham serves 18-25

1 – 10 pound bone in, spiral cut ham
1 cup cranberry jelly
1 chipotle pepper, minced fine
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 cup brown sugar

Heat the oven to 275 F and line a baking dish with tall sides (at least 2 inches) with foil.

Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham

Place the ham flat side down in the prepared dish and pat dry with paper towels.  Wrap tightly with foil and bake for ten minutes per pound.

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While the ham bakes prepare the glaze by mixing the remaining ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Cook until the glaze bubbles, then reduce to a simmer and cook until it begins to thicken, about five minutes.   Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

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Once the ham has finished baking increase the heat to 450 F and remove the foil.  Use half the glaze to coat the ham and bake for 10 minutes.  Coat the ham with the remaining glaze and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the glaze is set and bubbling.

Cranberry Chipotl;e Glazed Ham

Allow the ham to cool for ten minutes before removing from the pan.  Be careful, it will be very tender and very hot!

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Serve warm, or …

Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham

Enjoy cold, perhaps in a sandwich!  Either way, you can’t lose!

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83 Responses to “Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham”

  1. MsJoanie says:

    This sounds fantastic and I have leftover cranberry sauce that I could thicken into a jelly consistency, so I’ll see if this works!

    For essential kitchen tools, I couldn’t live without my OXO tongs for handling everything, and a flat whisk for making pan sauces.

  2. Thank you for the glaze recipe. It will go well on smoked ribs.

  3. Dawson says:

    apple corer/slicer!

  4. chris says:

    The kitchen tool that I absolutely love and could never do without is my marble mortar and pestle. Crushing my own spices and nuts and pounding fresh curry paste are all tasks that this lovely tool allows me to accomplish. It’s really nice to look at too 🙂

  5. Renn says:

    Currently my favorite kitchen toy is my oxo tongs, I use them for everything! I’ve been eying micro planers lately too and this one looks beautiful!

  6. Lori says:

    My favorite kitchen tool that I could do without right now is my kitchenaid stand mixer!! I have learned so much in a short period of time. It makes an amazing difference in many recipes!! Oh, i really wish I had a microplane grater! I keep reading so many incredible things about them!

  7. DatingVeg says:

    yummy! ohh microplane, great giveaway!

    i dont think i could live without a good wisk!

  8. Laura says:

    Recently my mandoline has become my go to kitchen tool. I am hooked on making crispy chips of all flavors, most notably blue potatoes, sweet potatoes and apple chips. There is no other way to get the great satisfying crunch without this vital tool in my kitchen.

  9. Shari says:

    mmm That ham looks delicious!!!

    As for which kitchen tool I couldn’t live without, that’s awful tough. Between my wooden spoons, my cutting boards, my chef’s knife, pizza stone, and mortar and pestle… but I’d say the winner is definitely my chef’s knife. I just love the feel of it. I could chop, chop, chop all day long!

  10. Alicia says:

    That ham looks great. My BF LOVES ham…and The glaze sounds fantastic. I’m going to have to try this!


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