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Spiced Holiday Ham

This glazed ham is one of my family's favorites, so I serve it often at holiday time. Currant jelly, mustard and brown sugar add a special flavor.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2 hours 10 min.
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 1 bone-in half ham (5 to 7 pounds)
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) currant jelly
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Score ham; insert cloves in cuts. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 20 minutes per pound. Combine jelly, sugar, vinegar, mustard and cinnamon; brush half over ham. Bake 15 minutes. Brush remaining jelly mixture over ham. Bake for 15 minutes, basting occasionally, or until a thermometer reads 140°.

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  • Shawn
    Dec 12, 2018

    This is a really nice glaze, and the cloves add the perfect amount of spice. The currant jelly adds just the perfect sweet/sour flavor to the salty ham. I can’t wait to make this again

  • Mama6Kellys
    Mar 31, 2013

    Making recipe for Easter Dinner - looking at pic, noticed WAY more than 15 cloves in that ham!Used the 15 suggested in recipe - cloves are strong so 15 sounds about right - just wondering why test kitchen seemed to use so many - taste or photogenic reasons???

  • cwbuff
    Sep 27, 2009

    PS: I also didn't bake the ham as long as the recipe calls for - hams are fully cooked and really only need heating up, otherwise they're too dry for me. Today's pork is very lean and dries out quickly. So I cooked it for only 1 hour before glazing it.

  • cwbuff
    Sep 26, 2009

    Not only is this recipe easy, but the glaze is tasty and bakes up to a beautiful color! When my youngest son came in for Sunday dinner, his eyes popped out and he said, "That looks delicious!" And it was, too. I used 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard instead of the ground, as I thought it would mix better with the rest of the glaze ingredients.