Glazed Spiral Ham

Since we are not originally from here, we don’t have close family around to celebrate Easter. Our church friends have become our family and every Easter, we try to open our home to anyone else whose family is far away. We invite coworkers and other friends from church in the same boat as us. I try to do a craft or activity for the kids. We provide the turkey and ham and then ask everyone else to bring a side, bread, drink, or dessert to make it a pot luck dinner.

Gluten free, dairy-lactose-casein free, soy free, nut free Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: Varies | Serves: 16-18


One uncooked, spiral ham (roughly ten pounds), 2 cups packed brown sugar, 3 tablespoons yellow mustard, 1 can pineapple slices, reserve the juice
1 cup honey (buy and use local if possible), Whole cloves, Maraschino cherries


Preheat oven to the temperature suggested on the spiral ham.  Place the uncooked, spiral ham in a deep roasting pan and set aside.

Combine the brown sugar and the yellow mustard to form a thick, moist paste.  Set aside.  Place whole cloves in three inch intervals in and around the spiral cuts of the ham.  Pour the reserved pineapple juice over the ham, followed by the honey.  Using a non-stick or silicone spatula (or just your hands), cover  the top two-thirds of the sides of the ham with the brown sugar/mustard mixture.  Using toothpicks, place the pineapple rings around the ham with a maraschino cherry in the center of each ring.  Cover with aluminum foil.

Bake according to the time given on the ham by its weight.  Baste the ham every 30 minutes with the juices that run off into the bottom of the pan.  When done, slice and serve immediately or store for other leftover recipes.

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