How to Cook a 9-Pound Spiral Ham

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Don't overcook ham, which may result in dryness.
Don't overcook ham, which may result in dryness. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Juicy, succulent spiral ham is a versatile main dish for family gatherings and even large parties. Spiral hams are precooked, so there's no guessing about whether it's done enough. It's almost impossible to mess up a ham. Just heat it through or serve it at room temperature. You can make a sweet glaze for the ham or serve it plain for sandwiches. Keep the oven temperature low, though, and cover the ham with a lid or aluminum foil so it doesn't dry out.

Things You'll Need

  • Large dish or roasting pan
  • 1 9 lb. spiral ham
  • Aluminum foil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup mango chutney
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/8 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Food processor

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Remove the wrappings and the small plastic circle on the face of the ham and discard. Place the ham in a large dish or roasting pan, face down. Place aluminum foil over the ham and bake the ham for 1 hour.

Place the garlic, chutney, mustard, brown sugar, orange zest and orange juice in the bowl of a food processor and mix until smooth to make a sweet glaze. Remove the ham from the oven and pour the glaze over it, allowing the glaze to seep into the crevices. Return the ham to the oven, but don't cover it with foil.

Bake the ham for an additional 30 minutes, until it is hot and slightly crisp on the outside. Remove it from the oven and allow it to sit 10 minutes before serving.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spiral hams are already cut to simplify serving. To make smaller pieces, make a cut through the spirals from the top of the ham to the bottom with a sharp knife.
  • Place the ham on a pretty serving tray and lay an attractive arrangement of lemon leaves and small oranges around it.
  • Traditional side dishes for ham include scalloped potatoes, spinach salad or green beans.
  • Save any leftovers for flavorful sandwiches, omelets or casseroles.
  • Heat hams for approximately 12 minutes per pound.

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