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Perfect Glazed Ham

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Perfect Glazed Ham

Ingredients:

1 (8 to 10-pound) smoked ham, bone-in, skin on

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 bunch fresh sage leaves

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut in chunks

2 tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed

2 cups tangerine juice

2 cups light brown sugar, packed

1 cup water

¼ teaspoon whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

1 ½ pounds carrots, peeled

 

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

2.  Put the ham in a large roasting pan, fat-side up. Using a sharp knife, score the ham with cuts across the skin, about 2-inches apart and 1/2-inch deep. Cut diagonally down the slashes to form a diamond pattern; season the meat generously with salt and pepper. Chop about 8 of the sage leaves and put it in a bowl; mix with the oil to make a paste. Rub the sage-oil all over the ham, being sure to get the flavor into all the slits. Bake the ham for 2 hours. (Prepare glaze while ham is baking)

 3. After the ham has being going for a couple of hours, pour the tangerine glaze all over the ham, with the pieces of fruit and all. Scatter the remaining sage leaves on top and put the ham back in the oven and continue to cook for 1 ½  hours, basting with the juices every 30 minutes.

4. Scatter the carrots around the ham and coat in the tangerine glaze. Put the ham once again back in the oven and cook for a final 30 minutes, until the carrots are tender, the ham is dark and crispy, and the whole thing is glistening with a sugary glaze.

For The Glaze:

Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the chunks of butter, tangerines, tangerine juice, brown sugar, water, and spices. Slowly cook the liquid down to a syrupy glaze; this should take about 30 to 40 minutes.

Set the ham on a cutting board to rest before carving. Serve the carrots and tangerine glaze on the side.

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