I finally figured out the “secret” for how to make a Perfect Baked Ham every time. This Easter our Baked Ham was irresistible… deliciously roasted on the outside and moist on the inside – yum!
Now I have to tell you that over the years, I have tried many different variations on baking a ham. There are a ton of different methods to bake a ham; and I feel like I’ve tried most of them…
I’ve made baked ham that was good but a little dry. With another recipe the ham was nice and hot on the outside but cold in the middle! I sadly recall another recipe where the ham turned out tough and leathery with a so-called “goof proof” method. Aaaurgh! Who knew baking a simple ham could be so confusing…
- Some recipes called for the ham to be baked at 250 degrees, 275, 300, 325, 350 or 375 degrees and I’ve even seen recipes calling for 500 degrees!
- Then there are variations in timing. Recipes call for the ham to be baked anywhere from 45 minutes to five hours. Oh, I almost forgot, I have a recipe for baking the ham overnight, too!
- And what about this… should the ham be covered or uncovered?
- Glazed or unglazed?
Perfect (Naked) Baked Ham
had been injected with a wheat/water solution!
Needless to say, I did not purchase that ham!
So for your health’s sake; read all ham labels and
be sure that your ham is gluten free!
How to Make a Perfect Baked Ham
This must be the easiest recipe in the world for baking a ham; no cooking skills needed! Fabulous… simple… Perfect Baked Ham!
1 (9- pound) store bought, fully cooked, bone-in ham or spiral sliced ham
- (You DID read the ingredient list, right? Your ham should be gluten-free with no added wheat in it!)
1 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place ham in a roasting pan and pour one cup water into the bottom of the pan. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for two hours or until heated through, soft and tender. (Don’t over-bake! Remember ~ this type of ham is already cooked; it just needs to be fully heated for the best flavor and texture.) Take the foil off of the ham; let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
Now, of course if you have an overwhelming desire to glaze; you should go for it. However, don’t expect us lovers of “Ham in the Buff” to jump up and down with excitement when you serve Navy Bean Soup with that over-powering essence of Pineapple-Clove-Raisin-Pecan Glaze…
- I recommend that if you really want to have a glazed ham ~ serve that wonderful ham glaze in a separate bowl. Now everyone is HAPPY!
Perfect Spring Dinner Menu
and Sweet Apple Dressing
Perfect (Naked) Baked Ham
We served the Perfect Spring Dinner Menu twice to two different groups of people and celebrated Easter on two different days! (We love celebrating Easter!) Both Easter dinners were a fabulous success; everyone loved everything and I got to finish my novel while the ham baked. Perfect!
May all your Baked Hams be perfectly naked from now on!
Much love to you and big hugs, Lynn