**This recipe is sponsored by Smith’s — headquartered close to home in Erie, PA!**
As much as I love the combination of pineapples and ham (hello, favorite pizza toppings), I decided we need to branch out of the 70s and reinvent the centerpiece ham. It’s time, folks.
For years we’ve been scoring patterns into our hams, poking them with cloves, donning them with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries and otherwise dressing them up in silly ways to make them worthy of centerpiece status. I kind of think that because hams are already cooked and we’re essentially just slowly heating them up rather than actually cooking them, we feel some sort of obligation to put in additional effort in order to do this main course justice. Fine. I get it. I’m on board with decorating them! I love to decorate. But, can we please move past the pineapples and cherries?
I’m not going all modern on you, suggesting that you froth your ham or put it in an edible bubble. To me, modern is simple and new but carries with it a bit of the past. So, in a nutshell, that’s how the idea of this orange marmalade glaze came to be.
Old-fashioned, citrusy-sweet, orange marmalade mixed with dijon mustard for tang and butter for creaminess makes a super simple and delicious glaze and spread. Did you catch that the glaze is only three ingredients?! Modern simplicity right there. And oranges = a new and refreshing way to complement a savory, smokey ham.
The beauty of using orange marmalade is that you can justifiably lay your ham on top of a bed of orange slices and voila! You have just added that special centerpiece-worthy touch to your main course. Your family will ooh and ah over how lovely it looks and dinner becomes a little more special.
I love the way a ham can actually make a whole day feel special. It’s the smell as it bakes… setting the dinner table with the good plates, silverware and real glass <– still a little scary in our house! The faces gathered round the table… the buzz of excitement as the whole family hungrily awaits the main course of a home-cooked meal… when the thermometer has finally reached the exact right spot, the warm gush of air that flows from oven to table… the creak of the box opening to reveal a sharp carving knife and fork… then watching the face of the person in charge of carving the ham to see if they remember how to do it because it’s been awhile! And the seemingly-endless supply of ham that fills the plates of everyone and leaves leftovers for days. (Save that bone!)
We do our best to make the most of the special days around here. Easter is coming up mid-April, and for us that’s a day we celebrate with extended family. The kids love the tradition of Easter basket and egg hunting, of course. The grown-ups enjoy the kids’ sweet smiles and their innocent giggles, a break from another busy day, and a chance to reflect on life’s miracles and joys. We recognize these special days are few and far between so putting in a little extra effort to prepare a meal that’s not your typical weeknight dinner, doesn’t feel like a chore if you put it into perspective. In fact, the ham’s already cooked. So let’s be honest, it’s super easy to prepare! 🙂
I think we can all agree, nothing says family like a big, beautiful ham on the table. Just please do me a favor, put the pineapples down and try some oranges for a change.
How to Carve a Semi-boneless Ham – It not hard to carve a ham. If you’re a bit rusty, I recommend this video: How to Carve a Ham for Dummies. 🙂 The video is short, easy to follow and his example ham slices the same way as the Smith’s semi-boneless ham used to make this recipe.
Creating a Bed of Orange Slices – Try using a mandoline slicer to get your slices nice and smooth. It’s not necessary, but as you can see if you look closely I did not use one and my husband lovingly pointed out that I should have, ha!
What I love about Smith’s ham:
Known for their natural-casing hot dogs, Smith’s may not be top-of-mind when it comes to hams. But they certainly should be. Their hams are smoked for 12 hours over fresh-cut, sugar-maple hardwood embers (no liquid smoke); and cured with a brine recipe developed four generations ago, seasoned with only fresh, natural, never-frozen herbs and spices. Smith’s hams are naturally moist, no water added, which makes the flavor really stand out. If your ham leaks a bunch of water when you open it, not a good sign!
Smith’s hams do not come pre-cut or pre-glazed. This allows you to choose your own glaze and cut the ham as you are ready to eat it, better preserving its freshness and moisture. Smith’s hams are also gluten-free. It’s been said that a Smith’s ham is the “very best ham you’ll ever eat” and in my own opinion, I’d have to agree. You get what you pay for when it comes to hams but be sure you’re paying for quality ingredients and cooking methods and not gimmicky extras like spiral cuts or glazes.
Connect with Smith’s on Facebook: facebook.com/smithshotdogs and on Instagram: instagram.com/smithshotdogs and visit the Smith’s website to order your holiday ham. To get your ham before Easter, be sure to order by the 1st week in April. If you’re located in the tri-state area, you can finds Smith’s hams at your local grocer or chain retailer. Visit the Smith’s site site for a complete list of locations.