The theme for this year’s Divine Promotions Blog Hop is What Christmas Means to You. Check out the full list here.
That is at once easy and difficult to say. For me it is about family, seeing friends, and remembering those no longer with us. But I also enjoy so much all the happy that goes with it. I enjoy the Black Friday shopping (yes, I do!), the treats, the smiles on people’s faces, even the snow…although if it was gone on December 26th, not to be seen again until December 1st, I would be even happier.
Christmas has always been a fun time for me, and I can’t remember a time when I haven’t loved it. I hope to always have that little kid excitement when I wake up on Christmas morning, even if my excitement is about what everyone else is getting. 🙂
My favorite Christmas recipe is one I found a few years ago that everyone literally goes crazy over. I can’t make a big enough ham when I do this, and it is SO SIMPLE to make.
Dijon Maple Glazed Spiral Ham
1 (9-pound) store bought bone-in spiral ham
3/4 cup water
For the glaze:
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Optional fixings for ham:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Place ham in a roasting pan and pour about 3/4 cup water into the bottom of pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour and 40 minutes or until heated through, soft and tender.
Make the glaze:
Whisk all ingredients together in a saucepan until smooth and heat over medium-low to medium heat until simmering. Simmer for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
When ham is heated through, remove the aluminum foil, and pour or brush the glaze over the top to cover completely. Raise oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
Return the ham to the oven and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until glaze is caramelized and bubbly. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with desired fixings.
Recipe courtesy of Dave Lieberman
Thanks to the Food Network for this recipe.
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