Holidays With Honey – Honey Baked Ham

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This is one of the most popular recipes on my blog and in my cookbook, Cooking with Honey

It’s perfect for holiday dinners, and your guests will be vying for leftovers.

FYI, Cooking with Honey is still available for holiday delivery for $10 including shipping. Email me at rtbee@me.com with your orders.

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Ingredients:

1 fully-cooked shank half ham , bone in (pre-sliced is best)

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

1⁄8; teaspoon paprika

1 dash ground ginger

1 dash ground allspice

Directions:

First you must slice your ham, if it is not already sliced. Use a very sharp knife to cut the ham into very thin slices around the bone.

Do not cut all the way to the bone or the meat may not hold together properly as it is being glazed. You want the slices to be quite thin, but not so thin that they begin to fall apart of off the bone.

You may wish to turn the ham onto its flat end and cut around it starting at the bottom. You can then spin the ham as you slice around and work your way up.

Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl. (I like to make double this recipe for a nice large ham).

Lay down a couple sheets of wax paper onto a flat surface, such as your kitchen counter. Pour the honey/sugar mixture onto the wax paper and spread it around evenly.

Pick up the ham and roll it over the sugar mixture so that it is well coated. Do not coat the flat end of the ham, just the outer surface which you have sliced through.

Turn the ham onto its flat end on a plate. Use a kitchen torch with a medium-size flame to caramelize the sugar.

Wave the torch over the sugar with rapid movements, so that the sugar bubbles and browns, but does not burn. Spin the plate so that you can torch the entire surface of the ham.

Repeat the coating and caramelizing process until the ham has been well-glazed (don’t expect to use all of the sugar mixture).

Serve the ham cold or re-heat.

Honey Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

“We kids feared many things in those days – werewolves, dentists, North Koreans, Sunday School – but they all paled in comparison with Brussels sprouts.”

Dave Barry, Miami Herald Columnist
‘Dave Barry’s Bad Habits’ (1987)

This is a Brussels sprout recipe that even Dave Barry would love…

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts

1/2 pound of butter

2 tablespoons honey

Kosher salt to taste

Directions:

If using fresh, trim Brussels sprouts (remove bottom core section and cut in half). Bring a salted pot of water to a rolling boil and blanch the sprouts, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. They should still retain some bite when you take them out. Drain the sprouts and place them on a sheet tray and cool. Pick them over, removing any loose leaves.

If using frozen, cook per package directions.

Brown butter in a large sauté pan. Pan should be extremely hot. Butter should sizzle, then foam, and at the point when the foam has disappeared, the sprouts should be added and tossed in order until covered with the butter. Be careful not to overcrowd the skillet — there should be enough room for the sprouts to make contact with the surface of the pan without being piled on top of each other. Turn flame down to about the lowest flame possible, 2 to 3 on a scale of 10.

Cook undisturbed for about thirty minutes.  After that time, toss periodically. The idea here is to give the sprouts sufficient enough time to be in contact with the skillet in order to properly brown. Add two tablespoons of honey to caramelize. If the pan appears to be too dry, extra brown butter can be added.

After approximately 2 to 3 hours, the sprouts should be mostly caramelized. Place them on a towel-lined tray to absorb excess butter. Season to taste with kosher salt.

Honey Glazed Ham

Another lovely recipe for Easter!

Ingredients:

1 fully-cooked shank half ham , bone in (pre-sliced is best)

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

1⁄8; teaspoon paprika

1 dash ground ginger

1 dash ground allspice

Directions:

First you must slice your ham, if it is not already sliced. Use a very sharp knife to cut the ham into very thin slices around the bone.

Do not cut all the way to the bone or the meat may not hold together properly as it is being glazed. You want the slices to be quite thin, but not so thin that they begin to fall apart of off the bone.

You may wish to turn the ham onto its flat end and cut around it starting at the bottom. You can then spin the ham as you slice around and work your way up.

Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl. (I like to make double this recipe for a nice large ham).

Lay down a couple sheets of wax paper onto a flat surface, such as your kitchen counter. Pour the honey/sugar mixture onto the wax paper and spread it around evenly.

Pick up the ham and roll it over the sugar mixture so that it is well coated. Do not coat the flat end of the ham, just the outer surface which you have sliced through.

Turn the ham onto its flat end on a plate. Use a kitchen torch with a medium-size flame to caramelize the sugar.

Wave the torch over the sugar with rapid movements, so that the sugar bubbles and browns, but does not burn. Spin the plate so that you can torch the entire surface of the ham.

Repeat the coating and caramelizing process until the ham has been well-glazed (don’t expect to use all of the sugar mixture).

Serve the ham cold or re-heat.