I'm sharing one of my favourite dishes that's always the star of my family's Easter spread: Ham with a brown sugar-mustard sauce. The ham itself is very easy to cook and the sauce creates an amazing crust on the ham that's unbelievable when combined with the natural oils of the ham.
This whole recipe has 6 ingredients so there's no messing it up. Most of the work in this recipe is all in the temperature and time of cooking, and even that is pretty easy! The sauce that is used on the ham is a recipe that my mom got from our neighbour and used it - and stills does - on all kinds of pork recipes. We love it so much. So thanks Arden for the sauce that will forever be used!
If you're celebrating Easter, make sure to add this to your menu!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 3 1/2 hours
1 large skinless bone-in ham
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp vinegar
Preheat your oven to 400.
Put the ham cut-side down in a roaster, dutch oven, or large casserole dish, whatever the ham fits in! You don't have to cover the ham with a lid if you don't have one, foil will do.
Cover the ham with salt and pepper to your liking. Then, add from 1/4-1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the baking do to ensure the ham does not dry out.
Cover the ham with a lid or tin foil and bake at 400 for 30 minutes (this is to sear the ham).
After 30 minutes, turn the oven down to 250 and cook for 2 1/2 hours.
Once the 2 1/2 hours are almost done, combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
Then, once the ham has cooked for 2 1/2 hours, take it out and the foil off. Then, coat the ham with the sauce.
Return the ham back to the oven, uncovered, and cook for another 30-40 minutes. The brown sugar-mustard sauce should have created a type of crust around the ham.
Remove the ham from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Then slice and serve!
One of my favourite parts about Easter is that I get to have this ham with my family...and that I also get a lot of leftovers. If you're looking to spice up your regular ham or looking for a completely new recipe, this is it! So simple, yet so good!
Great sides to this recipe:
Creamy scalloped potatoes
Your favourite vegetables & salads
If you don't celebrate Easter or are unable to celebrate it with loved ones this year, I'd highly recommend making this anyway, maybe with your family or for meal prep. Hams are one of the cheapest and most delicious meats to meal prep that provides many, many meals. If it's too much for just you, throw a bunch in the freezer to add to your eggs, sandwiches, soups, or pizzas. It's so good!
I hope you get to try this out and if you do, make sure you let me know how it goes and send me pictures. I love seeing people recreate my recipes!
If you know some friends and family that would enjoy this recipe or any others of mine, send them my way!
Thanks for reading! Have a great rest of your day :)