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Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner! I can’t believe how quickly the holiday season is coming up, and I am busy planning for holiday entertaining. When it comes to the holiday meals nothing is better than ham. It is easy to make, delicious, and serves a crowd at a reasonable price. This year I made this tasty Mango Jalapeno Ham Glaze for the holidays.
A ham glaze adds flavor, texture and color to a ham, is the perfect finishing touch for a nice presentation. The glaze makes the ham shiny and glossy, and it takes only a few minutes to achieve a nice effect. I wanted to use some different, less traditional holiday flavors for my ham glaze this year, and I decided on mangoes and jalapenos for a spicy and sweet glaze.
To make the glaze I sliced up some mangoes and cooked them with a little bit of sugar and water until they were mushy. Then I added a diced jalapeno and cooked it for a little longer to blend the flavors. The sugar and fruit in the ham caramelizes and gives the finished ham a shiny look extra flavor.
Mango Jalapeno Ham Glaze
- 2 mangoes
- 1/4 c. water
- 2 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Cut and dice the mangoes. Combine them with the water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer until the mangoes lose their shape and the sauce thickens, about 45 minutes. Add more water if it gets too thick.
- Slice and de-seed the jalapeÃ±o and add to the mango mixture, along with 1 t. of lemon juice.
- Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Brush or spoon the glaze on the ham during the last 10 minutes of the ham's cooking time.
Since you don’t want the glaze to burn it is brushed on during the last 10 minutes of cooking, so there is plenty of time to make an easy glaze while the ham heats. I bought a Hormel Cure 81 bone-in ham Cherrywood flavor at Walmart, and it was perfect for the glaze.
The ham was spiral sliced, which makes carving and serving so easy! I want my holiday meals to be as stress free as possible, so I love easy solution like this Cherrywood flavor spiral sliced ham and Mango Jalapeno Glaze.
I haven’t completely decided on my holiday menu for this year, because I am still thinking about what to make for dessert. But I know the rest of the menu, and here it is:
- Hormel Cure 81 ham
- Mango Jalapeno glaze
- Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
- Dinner Rolls
There will be something for everyone! Do your holiday plans include ham? Be sure to check out more ideas for ways to use ham in your celebrations!