Try this Apricot Glazed Carve Ham with Rosemary and Brown Sugar for this holiday season!
If you like the sweet flavor of fruit, apricot combined with rosemary and brown sugar makes a really good ham glaze. Give ham a different twist this feasting season than the usual decadent pineapple brown sugar glaze.
Thanksgiving is upon us and before we know it, it’s Christmas. Don’t you feel overwhelmed during the holiday season? Most people are working before the holiday and it doesn’t get much easier than serving a fully cooked carve ham or a spiral ham that is reasonably priced. It can eliminate spending long hours in the kitchen and the only thing to prepare is a homemade sweetened glaze better than store bought or the glaze that came with the ham.
If you have a small household of 4 or 5 and spending Thanksgiving with only your family a carve ham is best to serve. Otherwise, if you prefer a fattier ham get a spiral ham. A carve ham does not have as much fat compared to a spiral ham, overcooking can lead to a dry and tough ham that everyone will hate. I am hoping you know your oven’s power. Ham is succulent, if moist and tender.
Consider making this Apricot Glazed Carve Ham with Rosemary and Brown Sugar this Thanksgiving. You never know, you might like it and serve it again on Christmas with family and friends.
This summer I grew a few herbs and rosemary is one. This is the first time ever that I never killed an herb. Every time I buy rosemary or basil, it will thrive indoors for about 6 weeks, looking so frail and die. This summer, I experimented having them in big pots and some planted in the ground in a shaded area. I am so happy, they have survived our harsh summer, still alive and healthy.
Next year, I am not putting them in pots since they grow better in the ground plus I don’t have to worry about manually watering 2x a day. I have a vegetable garden that is equipped with drift lines scheduled to water daily and 2x a day. This is so convenient especially if I am going on vacation. In fact, I need to transplant them in the ground before I go on vacation.
Our winter is mild compared to other parts of the country. This will be another experiment if they will survive our winter weather. Stay tuned, I’ll have a separate post for herbs I grew in my garden.
Anyway, you can use fresh or dry rosemary for this glaze recipe. Fresh rosemary is easy to find in your local grocer. If you are using dry rosemary, you have to cook the glaze longer until rosemary soften and adds flavor.
I got this carved ham at Costco but Sams carry it as well. A carved ham is a boneless ham and each package randomly weighs between 3.5 to 4.5 pounds which serves 6 to 8 people. It is easier to slice since it is boneless and great for a small household. It is fully cooked, all you need to do is warm it through in the oven. Bake it approximately 10 minutes per pound or until internal temperature reaches 130 deg F. Remember, cooking time in oven varies, so yours might take less or longer to warm.
If you are serving 2 hams would you like to try my Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze which is also delicious.
How to Prepare an Apricot Glazed Carve Ham with Rosemary and Brown Sugar
Before baking, if carve ham is in the freezer, move it in the fridge to thaw overnight.
I got this carve ham at Costco and it is not sliced. A sharp knife with a long, thin blade is needed for carving. Before baking, slice ham but not all the way.
How to Apply the Homemade Apricot Glaze
If it is more convenient, you can make the glaze a day ahead. Also, if you like extra servings of glaze that you can serve with the ham, add ½ or double the glaze recipe.
Take a heavy duty foil big enough to cover ham. Place ham on foil, slowly pour and spread some glaze over the top of ham. Using a spatula, separate the slices and pour glaze in between the slices. This way your ham is fully coated with sweetened glaze inside out.
Note: Save some glazing to be used towards the end of baking.
3 to 5 minutes before done baking, take out ham. Open foil and apply the remaining glaze on top. Continue baking for 3 to 5 minutes or to caramelize the glaze, use broiler for 1 to 2 minutes. Make sure to stay nearby and watch that glaze doesn’t burn.
Not sure what to do, watch my quick video.
How Long to Bake Carve Ham
Wrap ham in foil after glazing. This will keep ham moist and glaze not to burn. Follow the instruction on the packaging. Mine took about 11 – 12 minutes per pound to warm it through. Also, baking time will depend on your oven.
How to Cook Carve Ham using Slow Cooker
If you would rather use a slow cooker or Crockpot, glaze ham saving some for later use. Set slow cooker to low and cook between 2 to 4 hours and basting with glaze every hour and half. It is best to use a thermometer to check if you have reached the internal temperature of 130 degrees F.
How Long to Keep Leftover Ham
You can keep left over ham in a sealed container for about 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Vacuum seal ham if storing in the freezer for a month.
Apricot Glazed Carve Ham with Rosemary and Brown Sugar Recipe and Video
- 1 1/2 cup apricot preserve
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- ½ cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice or 1 squeezed lemon
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Read the Warming Instructions on the carve ham packaging.
In a sauce pan over medium to low heat, combine and whisk apricot preserve or jam, rosemary, brown sugar, white wine, lemon and salt.
Simmer until slightly thick. Turn off heat.
Pre-heat oven at 350 degree F.
Remove ham from packaging and place ham flat side down in a heavy duty foil, fat side UP. Carve ham bought from Costco and Sams are not sliced. Slice ham but not all the way with a sharp knife.
Slowly pour some glaze over top of ham. Spread it evenly. Using a spatula, open each slice and pour more glaze in between the slices. Note: Save some glaze for later use towards the end of baking.
Cover ham tightly with aluminum foil to help retain moisture and glaze not to burn.
The instruction on the packaging is to bake ham approximately 10 minutes per pound or until internal temperature reaches 130 deg F. Mine took 11-12 minutes.
3 to 5 minutes before done baking, remove ham from oven. Open foil and pour remaining glaze on top of ham. Spread evenly.
Put ham back in the oven to continue baking for 3 to 5 minutes. If you want to caramelize the glaze, use broiler for a minute or two but stay nearby to watch that glaze doesn’t burn.
Remove ham from oven. Cover loosely with foil not touching the glaze and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Serve warm, cold or fried. Enjoy!
Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 to 4 days or freeze it in an air tight container or vacuum seal for a month.
- If carve ham is frozen, move it in the fridge overnight to thaw before baking.
- If you like to serve ham with glaze, add another half or double the glaze recipe. I like serving ham with extra glaze.
- Also, for a much tastier slice of ham you can fry it with a teaspoon or 2 of olive oil. Be by the stove as glaze will burn easily.
- If you are serving 2 hams, would you like to try my Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze, click the link to get the recipe or check out my How to Prepare and Warm a Spiral Ham and use this glaze instead.