When I was little, I got on this kick where I started rhyming everything.

It wasn’t just “Mom.” It was Mom-bom. And Joshy-squashy. Sarah-warah. Becky-wecky.

(Funny – I think Dad got left out of the rhyming business. Dad-bad doesn’t go over so well. And Dad-wad? I must have known which boundaries not to cross.)

You can only begin to imagine how annoying it was for my siblings. And, on the contrary, how thrilling it was for me.

This stage of life started to pass as I emerged into the “singing-everything-I-said” stage. And that one gave way into the “apologizing-for-everything” stage. Ahhh yes…I gave my siblings a rich childhood.

But, back to the title…Ham-bam. My favorite food to rhyme.

Yes, folks, today you are here for the Main Dish part of the bloggy progressive dinner. And I am not one to disappoint (as seen in the brief look back at my childhood.) Today, I have my favorite ham to share with you. Before you run away in fear, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. It’s pre-cooked.
  2. It’s also pre-sliced.
  3. Preparation time = 15 minutes.

Okay? I’m serious. No tricks up my sleeve here. This is a “can-do” recipe.

The first time I made this recipe was 1 1/2 years ago at Christmas time. We invited a family over for Christmas Eve and my 2 brothers-in-law were staying with us. It was imperative that I have good food since there would be 5 male people (plus additional female people) eating it. I searched online and read reviews until finally I found a recipe that looked like a winner: Orange Baked Ham by Ina Garten. I was a bit skeered about the fact that it had orange marmalade in it, but the reviews were so fantastic, I decided to take a stab at it.

Everyone was thankful I did.

The first time I made this recipe, I followed it pretty much exactly. I say pretty much because I almost never follow a recipe exactly. It must be the rebellious nature coming out.

Now that I’ve made it a couple times, I’ve made some more changes. Here’s the original recipe. You’ll find mine at the end of this post in a handy printable.

Let’s get started, shall we?

We begin by grating a whole orange,

adding in some minced garlic because we don’t want to chop up our own garlic, now do we?

Now take equal parts spicy brown mustard & honey mustard,

add in some apricot preserves,

and some brown sugar. That I didn’t take a picture of. Boo.

Now take the orange you zested in the beginning and roll it around on the counter with your palm. I don’t know how, but doing that little roll-around allows you to squeeze more juice out of the orange.

Cut it in half,

and squeeze the juice into the bowl with your other ingredients:

Now you’re ready to mix your ingredients together:

Take your ham out and place in a roasting pan.

Because raw meat looks pretty nasty, and because I’m posting this in the morning, I decided to edit the photo. For everyone’s benefit.

You’re welcome. You can go back to eating your cereal now.

Now, Ina says to pour all the glaze over the ham and then put it in the oven. So feel free to do that and you’ll be in fabulous company.

I, however, prefer to only put 1/3 of the glaze on the ham before putting it in the oven.

Place your ham in a pre-heated oven for 1 hour or until heated through.

If you decide to only put 1/3 of the glaze on the ham before baking, take your ham out at 20 minutes & 40 minutes to re-glaze. That way, the glaze will really bake into the ham instead of all sliding off into your pan.

After your ham is heated through, simply remove it and place on a platter to serve.

I say “simply” – but it actually took me about 5 minutes to get the ham on the platter. I thought about taking a picture of myself doing it.

I thought better of it.

Mmmmmm…. one closer look before we close, shall we?

Thanks for stopping by for the progressive dinner! Here’s the line-up of food this week:

Bloggy Progressive Dinner Poster

Beverage: Minty Peach Iced Tea
Appetizer:  Cucumber Pizzas
Entree: Apricot Glazed Ham (right here!)
Side Dish & Bread: posting tomorrow over at it’s just Laine
Dessert: posting Friday over at The Frugal Homemaker

Apricot Glazed Ham

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Apricot Glazed Ham

With only 15 minutes of prep time, this ham is an easy and impressive entree!


  • 1 (14 to 16-pound) fully cooked, spiral-cut smoked ham on the bone
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 8 1/2 ounces apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place ham in a roasting pan.
  3. Combine garlic, preserves, mustards, brown sugar, orange zest, and juice in a small bowl.
  4. Pour 1/2 of glaze over ham.
  5. Bake 30 minutes, then pour the rest of the glaze on the ham.
  6. Bake 30 minutes or until heated thoroughly.

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  1. Absolutely trying this for Easter. Have to do 2 hams this year and wanted to do my version and then another fun one! Thanks for an awesome looking recipe! Super excited!

  2. Johanna says:

    I am just putting my Easter dinner menu together. I love the idea of an orange glaze. I just might try that. And like you I never follow a recipe 100%. There is no fun in that. 🙂

  3. Becky says:

    Oooh! This looks really good. I am going to try it! And thank you so much for editing the raw ham pic. 😉

  4. Keren says:

    This made me laugh. (And drool.) Hana Kate is in a semi-rhyming phase. Unfortunately, she is not aware that swear words exist and rhymes merrily away. I went through an apologize-for-everything phase, too. 🙂

    I LOVE ham and I love glazes. This looks like a good combo. 🙂

  5. Christa says:

    haha! Good for HK for taking part in the rhyming phase along with me. 😀 Yeah, my brother & sister were the unhappy recipients of my apologizing stage. They grew to know what I was coming to say and would just forgive me before I even said anything. lol!

  6. Renee says:

    Had to make sure I came back and said how awesome this looks! Love that you said it’s only 15 minutes to the oven!
    I think I could actually do this! Thanks for putting all this together too!

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