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Baked Ham With a Chipotle Cranberry Glaze

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 8-10 servings
Fresh cranberries combined with smoky chipotles yield a delicious sweet and savory glaze for this easy baked ham recipe!

What do I love more than baked ham during the holidays? Leftover baked ham for breakfast! One easy-to-prepare sauce perfect for ham is a chipotle cranberry sauce. A no fuss recipe is what I need during this busy holiday season. If I had to choose my favorite between ham or turkey for dinner, it would be ham. Maybe it is those jamón con huevo (ham and egg) tacos that I know I will enjoy the next day! And keeping with the Latin holiday theme, try dishes like Chayote Gratinado or Easy Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing to serve with this delicious ham recipe. Find those tasty recipes and more right here on Hispanic Kitchen.


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  1. Remove the ham from refrigerator 1 hour before baking. Score the ham and place in the roasting pan on top of roasting rack. If possible, place cut side down. Add 2 cups of water to the bottom of roasting pan.
  2. For the glaze: In a sauce pan, combine the cranberries, agave (or honey) and water (or juice). Heat to medium until cranberries begin to pop open. Reduce heat and cook for 5 more minutes
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients for the glaze and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Using a hand-held electric blender, blend the sauce until smooth. If it's too thick, add a little more water or juice. Taste for salt and sugar. You can also blend the sauce in your blender. Be careful when blending hot liquids. Divide the sauce in half. Reserve one half for when you serve the ham.
  4. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Cover the ham tightly with foil paper and place in the oven on the middle rack. Roast for 1½ hours. Check internal temperature with meat thermometer at this time. You are looking for a temperature of at least 135ºF.
  5. Using a baster, remove about 1/3-1/2 cup of the water at the bottom of roasting pan. Add this water to the chipotle cranberry sauce that will become the glaze. Stir well to combine.
  6. Brush the ham generously with chipotle cranberry glaze, making sure you get into the sliced areas as well. Return uncovered ham to oven for 15 minutes, repeat glazing and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven, tent with foil and let it rest for 20 minutes before slicing. Serve with extra chipotle cranberry sauce.

Chef Notes

When a recipe calls for scoring the meat, the top layer of fat is typically sliced in a diagonal line all the way across the top. Then you would slice again on the opposite side to create diamond shapes. Make you you do do slice into the meat if you can avoid it.

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