Molasses Glazed Ham
in my family we’ve never had ham at thanksgiving or christmas- it was solely an easter dish. our thanksgivings were small- usually just the four of us, unless we went out to east texas (but that is another story for another time), so our thanksgiving dinner was always turkey and christmas was always beef. i’ve heard stories of families serving ham at all the major holidays, but dismissed them as silly rumors. why eat ham when you can have my dad’s
world family-famous smoked turkey?
but i have to say, if all the hams in the all the world were as tasty as this one, i might be willing to make an exception. the glaze makes the “shell” (skin? outside? what the heck do you call that part?) crispy, crunchy, and sweeeeet. yasssssss. the cloves and honey and orange juice all combine to create ham-awesomeness. in short, this is everything a ham should be. pork perfection.
and getting this ham was no small feat. right now kroger has a deal where if you buy a ham and get a free turkey- pretty sweet when you consider Lane and i got a free $31 turkey all because we bought a $24 ham (helloooo bargain lovers!). and sure, our kroger is literally 5 minutes from our home, but still- getting this ham proved more difficult than you might imagine.
Lane and i usually do all our grocery shopping together (#datenight) partly because i would probably come home with only half the stuff on my list and a ton of other things that look like they would be fun to cook with, and mostly because i still have no idea how to get anywhere. i mean, i lived in Dallas for 30 years and just when i had finally figured out how to get to
all, most, some of the places i visited on a weekly basis BOOM i get moved halfway across the country. what.the.heck. and now i have no idea how to get anywhere. except kroger. i’m not even kidding y’all.
but on this particular trip i decided i needed some alone time in the grocery store. you know, relax in the produce aisles. taken in the cooking aisle. make my way slowly through the dairy section…all without my darling hubby hurrying me along (love ya honey!). and everything was going fine, i stuck to my list (mostly), triple-checked that i had gotten the right ham and turkey to activate the special deal, and made my way to the self-checkout. i don’t know why i have convinced myself that the self-checkout is always the fastest- i know its not. but i can’t seem to shake this certainty. and i was proved wrong
for the first time ever yet again.
i saved my ham and turkey for the very last. i rang-up the ham…and then rang-up the turkey annnnnd it showed the turkey as costing $.79/lb. not quite free. actually it was the opposite of free. despair and a momentary thought of just removing the ham and starting all over and paying for the silly turkey flashed through my mind (i am very dramatic in grocery stores). but i thought it was better to ask for assistance before throwing in the towel. when i asked the attendant she informed me (with the same tone one would use when speaking to a very dumb person) that i had to press ‘pay now’ to get the turkey to ring-up as a free item. what? why doesn’t it just ring-up free while you’re checking out? how does this make sense?!? have i just not been paying attention all my life at the kroger self-checkout? but apparently it is just me because when i relayed this incident to my hubby (with all the same excitement and suspense) he told me that this is always the case. where in the world have i been?
but, kroger’s crazy self-checkout machine non-logic aside, i’m glad i stuck it out (i’m a true heroine as y’all can see…), because now i have molasses glazed deliciousness- with just enough sweetness to take the edge off my harsh and trouble life (#firstworldproblems). and cooking this ham couldn’t be easier-get the glaze ready ahead of time and you just baste it once throughout the cooking process- easy peasy. plus, if you go to kroger you can dazzle your thanksgiving guests with a story as riveting as mine…that my friends is a thanksgiving win.
- 1/3 c. molasses
- 1/4 c. honey
- 2 t. cloves
- 1 t. allspice
- juice from 1 orange
- brown sugar packet that comes with ham OR 1 c. of brown sugar and 1/4 c. raisins
- precooked ham
- preheat oven to 350.
- whisk together all ingredients (minus ham obvi) and pour over ham.
- place on baking sheet that has been covered in foil (molasses can be difficult to clean-up y'all!). bake for 2 hours, covered in foil, basting halfway through. serve and stand back and enjoy the applause and gasps as you share your ham-buying experience!