I used to think it would be wrong to just have ham for dinner. This cherry sauce glazed ham made me think it would actually be ok to just sit down to a plate of ham and get at it. I didn’t, but I could have. The tartness of the cherries and the sweetness of the honey, along with a few spices, make each bite fantastic. Even a cheap ham becomes something decadent after being glazed with the sauce.
I think you could try something other than cherry preserves to make the sauce for this cherry sauce glazed ham, if you wanted to. You’d want something that isn’t so sweet, though, such as cranberry or pomegranates.
Cherry Sauce Glazed Ham
- 1 cooked smoked, spiral sliced ham
- 1 jar 12 ounce cherry preserves (I used Smucker's tart cherry preserves)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 225 F.
- Remove heat from packaging, discarding the glaze, and place face down in a roasting pan (you'll want to use one that's at least 1" deep because there'll be accumulating juices).
- Cover pan with foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 135 F.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Brush glaze over the ham and let cook another 5 minutes.
- Remove ham from oven and let rest at least 15 minutes before slicing.
- Serve remaining warm glaze on the side for drizzling of the sliced ham.