Traditions are what make the holidays enjoyable. Sure, sometimes it’s nice to change things up a little here and there, but when it comes to the food, the classics are best. There are various traditions associated with celebrating Easter.
They range from Easter dresses and baskets to decorating the home (along with a few eggs!). But one of the most common Easter traditions is having a baked ham for dinner. The tradition of baked ham stems from a time when people would only eat food that was in season since they would have to grow (and preserve) it themselves.
Believe it or not, this included ham. There was once an optimal season for consuming ham due to lack of refrigeration. Historically, ham would be slaughtered in the fall season because the cold fall and winter would help make it easier to keep the meat fresh as the pig was broken down.
The best baked Easter ham recipes help you breathe new life into your Easter dinner traditions — and impress everyone along the way. The only thing you will need to work on now is the carving. We all know how fun carving turkey can be, luckily, ham is a little easier.
Coca-Cola Glazed Ham | South Your Mouth
Honey Baked Ham | Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Tangerine Glaze Baked Ham | Dinners, Dishes & Desserts
Brown Sugar Ham Glaze | Recipe Nova
Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham | Just a Pinch
Throughout the winter, ham would be cured and by the time spring rolled around, it would be ready to cook and eat. Since the first big family meal in spring is Easter, and the ham would just be finished curing, it made ham the perfect choice for the holiday meal.
Fun side note, lamb is also a common Easter meal because spring was commonly when sheep would be born and they’re much easier to breakdown than pigs.
Baked Ham with Honey Mustard & Apples | A Spicy Perspective
Classic Easter Ham | The Pioneer Woman
Southern Honey Glazed Ham | Flavorite
Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham | The Food Charlatan
Peach and Ginger Glazed Ham | Miss in the Kitchen
The best Easter ham recipes will tell you when to glaze a ham. But knowing what to expect can help prepare you for the work ahead. Ham is delicious but there is no hiding that it requires some effort. Think of it like a turkey. There are many ways to cook a turkey, but a lot of the different methods still have you basting the turkey throughout the cooking process.
The glaze is similar to basting turkey. However, you will want to save the glaze for the last 15 to 20 minutes of the baking time. The ham will take time to cook but glaze won’t take much time at all. The glaze being on the outside means that it will cook first.
That means if you glaze the ham first thing then it is possible that it will burn before the ham has cooked. Of course, the recipes should tell you when the best time to glaze is for that specific glaze recipe.
Sticky Glazed Asian Ham | Foodie Crush
Riesling-Peach Glazed Ham | Real Housemoms
Apple Cider Maple Glaze Baked Ham | Carlsbad Cravings
Orange Marmalade Ginger Ham | A Dish of Daily Life
Dr. Pepper Glazed Easter Ham | Jam Hands
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