Glazed Ham and Candied Yams

Glazed ham and candied yams are two of my favorite holiday foods.  This quick and easy version of my festive favorites has been scaled down to serve 4-6, and can be made any night of the week!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pound boneless, fully cooked ham
  • 2 pounds yams, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 1/4 cup orange juice, divided
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • Dash ground cloves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Place the ham in a foil-lined pan, and pour 1 cup of the orange juice over the top of the ham. Cover with foil, and bake for about 30-45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F.

Meanwhile, combine the butter, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a dutch oven over medium heat.

Once the butter is melted, and the ingredients are combined, add the yams and stir to evenly coat with the butter mixture.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Season with salt.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Partially cover, and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the ham is almost up to temperature, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of orange juice, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and a dash of ground cloves in a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.  The glaze will thicken and have the consistency of syrup.

Remove the ham from the oven. Brush the glaze over the entire ham.  Return to the oven, and broil for 5 minutes, until the glaze becomes crispy.

Serving Recommendation:  Thinly slice the ham, and serve along side the candied yams and some steamed asparagus.

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