Since I got married 15 years ago, it's been tradition to serve ham with our Christmas dinner. However, since everyone's busy hanging out and opening Christmas gifts in the morning/early afternoon before dinner, there's not really any time to actually make dinner.
That's why I love to heat our ham in the slow cooker. You can get it started before the festivities begin, and my hams always turn out so moist and delicious (and the house smells so good while it's heating!).
You'll need to have a fairly large oval slow cooker, and I usually try to choose a ham that's not too tall. However, even if your ham is too tall for the lid to close (like mine are usually), I just add aluminum foil over the top to trap the heat into the slow cooker. I buy a pre-cooked spiral sliced ham (usually from Costco), so really all I really need to do is make sure it's hot.
When I do buy a Costco ham, I use their glaze mix and add pineapple juice for flavor, rather than water. If you don't have a Kirkland ham, you can use the following Glaze recipe:
- Slow Cooker
- Aluminum Foil
- ½ cup Packed Brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. Honey
- 1 tbsp. Pineapple Juice
- ½ tsp. Ground Cloves
- Take ham out of its packaging and place flat side down in the slow cooker
- Mix ingredients for the glaze in small saucepan and bring to a boil
- Pour over top of ham
- Place foil over top of ham and add lid on top
- Cook on low for several hours (until hot).
What about you? Do you serve ham for Christmas dinner? Have you ever tried heating it in the slow cooker?