Thyme-Basted Ham

Thyme-Basted Ham

  • TOTAL PREP TIME170 minutes
  • SERVINGS15 - 20
  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTYEasy

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 pound bone-in fully-cooked ham trimmed
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup grape jelly
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into 4 to 6 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons thyme chopped fresh
  • 3 cups grapes red, green, or a combination
  • 4 shallots halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices
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Preparation

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Position rack in lower third of oven.

Place the ham flat side down in a large shallow roasting pan and score a diamond pattern about 1/8-inch deep into any fat. Season with pepper and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the jelly, butter, and thyme, whisking occasionally until the jelly and butter melt together and the mixture comes to a gentle boil, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the grapes and shallots. Set aside.

Baste the ham with the jelly mixture. Continue baking, basting with the jelly mixture and/or pan juices about every 15 minutes. When the internal ham temperature reaches 120 degrees F, add the grapes and shallots to the roasting pan, stirring to coat with the pan juices. Continue baking and basting until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F, 15 to 18 minutes per pound total cooking time. Remove the ham from the oven, transfer to a cutting board, and let rest 15 to 30 minutes. (If the grapes and shallots aren’t tender yet, return the roasting pan to the oven.)

Slice enough ham to serve and arrange on plates or a platter. Season the roasted grape, shallot, and pan juice mixture with pepper and spoon some on top of the ham. Serve the remaining grape mixture on the side.

Serves 15-20 (4-ounce servings)

Suther Family

Meet the Suther Family

Blaine, Kansas

I started the farm in the 1970's with the vision of making it a successful family run business in rural America. Today I farm in partnership with my wife Micki, my father Ralph, and my bother Dan. My wife and I live on the farm. We have five children; Tracy, Audrea, Matt, Greg and Grace.

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