I am pretty overwhelmed over at Chez Us, in fact, we are lucky to even have a meal on the table!  We are unsure of Easter plans, so we decided to devour a ham this past weekend.  Okay, it has not been completely devoured but close.  Pomegranate and Rye Whiskey Glaze will help make that Easter ham even more special!

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Let me start off by saying we both dislike a ham that has pineapple, cherries and cloves punched all over it.   Sure it kind of looks like it belongs on a Cruise Caribbean brochure but some things, such as pork, should not be covered with the such.  As well, let me tell you a little secret, this is only the 2nd or maybe 3rd ham I have ever cooked.  I had really hoped to be able to get a ham that could be slow cooked for hours but the market was out of them.  Instead, I picked up this spiral cut ham, glazed it, and put it into the oven, just until the skin was crispy and it was heated through.  I was amazed at how juicy it was.  Oh, and the glaze was really fantastic – slightly bitter, not too sweet (remember, we hate sweet hams) and a little peppery …. it could have been a cocktail!  Perfect for your Easter table.

Pomegranate and Rye Glaze


8 oz 100% pure pomegranate juice

4 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons rye whiskey

How To:

Put the pomegranate juice and brown sugar into a saucepan.

Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved.

Lower heat to a simmer.  Add the rye, stir and continue to simmer until reduced to half and slightly syrupy.

Baste ham with glaze during the cooking process.




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