National glazed spiral ham day
April 15th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

April 15 is National Glazed Spiral Ham Day.

Americans have become accustomed to serving ham on special holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, but there’s no law that says ham can only be served in November and December. When you don’t have to worry about in-laws, five side dishes, three desserts and someone breaking a limb during the annual family flag football game, ham isn’t nearly as threatening to prepare at home.

Most of the hams you will find at the grocery store are cured, meaning they’re already cooked through and the hard work has already been done! These hams can still be glazed at home and usually will benefit from a couple hours in the oven.

There are many ways to do this, but more often than not you’ll see a sugar-based glaze; sugar caramelizes and makes the skin of the ham nice and crispy.

Most glazes contain dark brown sugar, molasses or honey. They might also have mustard or fruit juice or something spicy like a chili pepper in them. Whichever route you decide to take, the ham should be basted with the glaze every 20 minutes or so.

Most pre-cooked hams come already sliced, which is where the word "spiral" comes into play. If you're carving your ham at home, just make sure you use a sharp knife and stick to the same concept - cut one slice all the way around the bone.

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  1. Regenia Leibman

    Chinese dry-cured hams have been recorded in texts since before the Song dynasty and used in myriad dishes. Several types exist in Qing dynasty cuisine and are used in dishes of stewing hams.

    May 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
  2. Whozit

    I've been waiting all day for someone else to say it: That's not spiral sliced and being boneless, there's no need for it to be.

    April 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
  3. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Don't liked cooked pineapple on anything. Big fan of ham, the cooked pineapple ruins it. Just like it does on Canadian bacon pizza

    April 15, 2013 at 11:29 am |
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