Tired of the traditional turkey or roasted chicken main course you see at most holiday meals? Here’s a wonderful way to cook ham, perfect for any winter occasion. This ham is flavored with a wonderful cranberry sauce, which is easy to prep and is also great as a side dressing for other planned dishes. The ham will take some time cook, but the results are well worth the wait.
Something to note is that this dish does include the use of raw honey. We know what you’re thinking – “But honey isn’t Paleo!” While sugars are certainly not a component of a Paleo diet, raw honey on its own has a strong case for being included in Paleo recipes, and we’ve chosen in many of ours to use it sparingly. The reason for this is that there are some recipes which require a dose of sweetness in order to work well, and raw honey is the best ingredient for accomplishing this compared to the alternatives. Honey also boasts a variety of health benefits, including increased immune functioning, prevention of seasonal allergies, and antioxidants. This isn’t to say honey is great for you – but as with all things, it’s fine in moderation.
This is a great dish to include for a small fall or holiday gathering. You can also pair this main course with sides that complement the sweet and tangy flavor of the dish. The Bacon and Green Onion Mashed Cauliflower provides a savory flavor that replaces traditional mashed potatoes, while the Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Apple Soup gives your diners another taste of the season.
Cranberry-Glazed Oven Roasted Ham Recipe
- 4 to 5 lb. ham, bone-in and skin on;;
- 2 cups fresh cranberries;
- 1/4 cup water;
- 1/2 cup orange juice;
- 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard;
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar;
- 1/4 cup raw honey;
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper; (optional)
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
- Add the cranberries, water, orange juice, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, honey, and cayenne pepper to a pan; season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring the mixture to a boil; lower heat and simmer 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool; mash the cranberries as needed.
- Preheat oven to 300 F.
- Score the skin of the ham with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern.
- Place the ham in a roasting pan and brush with the cranberry sauce, ensuring everything is well covered.
- Place in the oven and bake 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours; brush with the remaining sauce every 25 minutes.
- Let rest 4 to 5 minutes before slicing; serve with any remaining sauce.