How To: Cook and carve a simple honey baked ham for Thanksgiving dinner

Cook and carve a simple honey baked ham for Thanksgiving dinner

Not going turkey this year for Thanksgiving? We understand. It's a lot of work for just one meal, but this year's most anticipated family meal can still be as satisfying with something a little simpler— ham! A nice honey baked ham is sure to please even the hungriest of bellies this holiday season, and the best thing— this is so easy you can enjoy a Thanksgiving-quality meal year-round!

This video outlines the easy steps to cooking and carving this sweet holiday ham. First, get yourself a 7- or 8-pound specimen and stud it with some cloves. Then, score the ham (cut a line into the surface) with a sharp knife in an attractive grid pattern, so it opens up during the cooking process, allowing the glaze to penetrate the meat. Next, lightly oil the outside to keep it nice and moist while cooking. Hams today are so lean, and without oil, you'll have yourself a very, very dry hunk of meat.

Place the ham into a shallow roasting pan and insert into the oven, preheated to 325-degrees, on the bottom-third shelf. This particular ham will be in the oven for approximately and hour and a half, figuring it out at about 20 minutes per pound, with a 140-degrees internal temperature. Take it out at this point.

Now comes the honey glaze. You need to glaze the entire ham a couple times during the last part of the cooking. For this ham, it will be about another hour, until it reaches an internal temperature of 160-degrees. Done! Almost…

Now you need to de-clove and carve it. For this, you'll need to watch the video, because it will make best sense seen in action!

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