Tree Classics Holiday Guide: 7 Amazing Ways to Cook Your Holiday Ham

The undisputed star of any Christmas dinner is the ham. A traditional food that goes all the way back to the olden times, the Christmas ham is not only a delicious dish that captures the flavors of the season; it is also indicative of the bounty and splendor associated with the holidays. Both kids and adults wait with much anticipation for this sumptuous culinary creation. Courtesy of Tree Classics, here are seven recipes that will delight the family and make your yuletide feast extra special:

a delectable ham perfect for the holidays

1. Apricot, Brown Sugar, and Bourbon-glazed Ham

a ham cooking in bourbon juices

An excellent and mouthwatering recipe, this apricot, brown sugar, and bourbon-glazed ham from The Galley Gourmet is for those who want something a little fancy. Filled with the sweetness of apricots and smoky zest of bourbon, this dish will become a holiday favorite.

2. Brined and Baked Ham with Tamarind and Chili

A definite must-try for those who like their food on the spicier side, this brined and baked ham with tamarind and chili from How2Heroes promises a hefty kick with every bite. Coated with chili sauce and elevated by the sour tamarind, this Christmas ham will have people going for seconds.

3. Brown Sugar and Mustard-glazed Ham with Coca-Cola

This brown sugar and mustard-glazed ham from Deep South Dish hits all the right notes. It is cooked with both brown sugar and Coca-Cola, giving it that extra layer of sweetness. It also has that mustard glaze that gives it a tangy dimension. Combined with the classic saltiness of ham, this dish will be the talk of the town for months to come.

4. Coca-Cola and Pineapple-glazed Ham 

a large piece of ham cooked with pineapple and coke

For food-lovers who want something fruity, the Coke and pineapple-glazed ham from Heaven Recipes has the perfect blend. This delicious recipe has a touch of tropical flavor. It is ideal for those unique outdoor Hawaiian Christmas parties in warmer states.

5. Champagne-glazed Ham

delicious slices of ham glazed with champagne

Befitting royalty, this champagne-glazed ham from Thrillbilly Gourmet is a deluxe take on a beloved dish. Delightful and mouthwatering, the cup of champagne added to the mix gives this traditional dish a wonderful sheen and a complex dimension of flavor. Don’t forget to pick out a bottle of champagne that you love for a more personal touch.

6. Slow-cooked Beer-braised Ham

slices of ham cooked in beer

Who says beer is just for drinking? This slow-cooked beer-braised ham from Ricardo Cuisine uses the ever-favorite casual drink to make the meat more savory. As a bonus, the beer and method of cooking make the ham more tender and juicy, giving the meat more flavorful.

7. Spiced Sour Cherry-glazed Ham

Spicy, zesty, and aromatic, this spiced sour cherry-glazed ham from Serious Eats is a marvelous choice for those who want a dish that has a complex flavor profile. The heat from the spiced cherries, sweetness from the white wine, and nutty flavors from the cinnamon and nutmeg make this one delectable treat for meat lovers!

Enjoy your Christmas feast with your loved ones by trying out any of Tree Classics’ seven favorite ham recipes!

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