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Honey-Glazed Ham with Cranberry Relish

(Family Features) - Remember walking into grandma's kitchen and smelling that first whiff of holiday dinner in the oven? You can recreate that same warm holiday feeling for your family with a mouthwatering, hickory smoked ham.

There are a surprising number of ham cuts - how do you know which one to choose? These tips from Cook's Ham will help you find just what you need:

Spiral Sliced Hams

* Pre-sliced in a spiral fashion, so it's easy to serve
* Available as quarters, halves and wholes
* Quarter serves 7-10 people, half serves 15-20 people, whole serves 30-40 people

Half Ham

* No center steaks removed for more premium lean meat
* Larger than a portion ham
* Serves 15-20 people

Semi-Boneless Ham

* Fewer bones and less fat for more carvable lean meat
* Two of three bones removed so it's easier to carve
* Half serves 15-20 people, whole serves 30-40 people

Skinless Shankless Ham

* Less fat, less bone and more lean meat
* One of three bones removed so carving is easier
* Half serves 15-20 people, whole serves 30-40 people

Portioned Ham

* Best value for great bone-in ham flavor
* Since steaks have been removed, it is smaller than a half ham
* Serves 10-15 people

Ham Steaks

* Premium center cut slices
* Heat up in minutes for a quick and tasty meal
* Approximately 1 pound
* Serves 3-4 people

Thick Cut Ham Steaks

* Great for throwing on the grill
* Approximately 2 pounds
* Serves 6-8 people

Like a time machine that takes you back to the holidays of old, naturally hickory smoked Cook's hams have been the centerpiece of holiday meals for more than 65 years. When your kitchen fills with that sweet aroma, you'll think about holidays gone by and the memories about to be made.

For more quick and easy recipes, visit www.CooksHam.com

Honey-Glazed Ham with Cranberry Relish

  • 1 Cook's Bone-in Spiral Sliced Half Ham (about 9 pounds)
  • 1/2 Cook's Sweet Ham Glaze and Dipping Sauce package, heated 20 seconds in microwave (reserve 1/2 package for dipping sauce if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard (may add additional ground mustard for stronger flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Cranberry Relish
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 package (6 ounces) sweetened dried cranberries (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

    1. Begin by preparing ham according to heating instructions on package label. Approximately 45 minutes before end of heating time, prepare glaze by mixing glaze and dipping sauce, mustard and lemon juice in small bowl until blended. Set aside until the last 10 minutes of heating time.
    2. Make Cranberry Relish: Combine apples and juice in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cranberries; simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until fruit is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in marmalade and pecans. Set aside until ready to eat. Or, if made in advance, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
    3. Uncover ham and brush with glaze for the last 10 minutes of the heating time. Let stand 10 minutes. Carve and serve with Cranberry Relish and reserved sauce.

SOURCE: Cook's Ham

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