At the crossroads of culinary ecstasy, when my heart waxes poetic about perfectly glazed hams, it’s the ham paired with scallion-butter potatoes that takes center stage. Now, the ham’s sorcery? Plum sauce, darling. This sauce, dancing between sweet whispers and tangy winks, serenades each slice. In my culinary wanderings online, a myriad of ham glazes tried to court my attention with brown sugar, honey, and citrus, but plum sauce? That’s the show-stopper. If you fancy a touch more subtlety, let plum jam be your muse.
This ham recipe is the epitome of simplicity. Your shopping list includes a bone-in spiral ham and ingredients for the glaze – plum sauce, honey, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, and a touch of five-spice powder. You might recognize that five-spice powder, with its cloves and cinnamon, resonates with festive feels. Just drizzle this luscious glaze on the ham as it warms up, and you’re all set. As an added delight, I highly recommend pairing this with roasted potatoes seasoned in a tantalizing soy sauce, melted butter, and scallion mix. Enough said, let’s dive into this culinary journey!
For The Ham:
- 1 spiral-sliced bone-in half ham (roughly 10-12 pounds)
- 2/3 cup plum sauce (or plum jam for a subtler taste)
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
For The Potatoes:
- 3 lbs Yukon gold potatoes (cleaned and diced)
- Olive oil for drizzling
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon butter (liquefied)
- 2 scallions (finely sliced)
- Begin by placing the ham with its flat side at the bottom of a roasting pan. Seal it with foil and warm as directed on its packaging. To prepare the glaze, combine plum sauce, honey, soy sauce, Dijon, and five spice powder. When you’re 30 minutes away from completing the roasting time, unveil the ham and lavish it with the glaze. Ensure it roasts for the final half-hour without cover, and mid-way, grace it with an additional layer of the glaze.
- For the potatoes, spread them on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, and lightly season with salt and pepper. Remember: the subsequent soy sauce addition will add saltiness. Allow the potatoes to roast for about 45 minutes, stirring sporadically for even browning. Once done, enrobe the potatoes in soy sauce, melted butter, and fresh scallions. It’s a side dish that beautifully complements the ham.
- A little pro-tip: Managing this recipe becomes a breeze with a double oven. But worry not if you’ve got just one. Post baking, let the ham rest while covered. This resting period is perfect for roasting the potatoes. Bring everything to the table once the potatoes are ready, and you’re in for a treat!
Tips & Suggestions:
Just a heads up, the nutrition information provided encompasses both the ham and the scrumptious potatoes. Enjoy your meal!