Nothing says the holidays like a spiral sliced ham! Specifically, when you don’t have to bake, baste, roast or slice it! I partnered with Smithfield for my recent holiday entertaining segment on Atlanta & Company and I almost had to fight to take MY ham home, since so many folks on set were eyeballing it! The classic spiral sliced ham is in their signature red wrapper, but they now have 7, yes, 7 flavors: Hickory Smoked, Brown Sugar, Brown Sugar Bacon, Caramel Apple, Crunchy Glaze, Pecan Praline and Orchard Peach.
Let me repeat– there is BROWN SUGAR BACON available and PECAN PRALINE…Wha-what??! OH yeah, baby. Tasting this ham transports me back to my Grandma Ronnie’s kitchen when she would serve our Christmas ham with her famous raisin sauce. It was so fragrant, rich and just melted in your mouth– I can still picture her stirring her saucepan and adding her secret ingredient– currant jelly!
Smithfield hams are available at your local Walmart and other retailers. What I love about these hams is that they are affordable and easy to prep, so that means you can spend more time with your guests, and less time working in the kitchen!
The combo of Grandma Ronnie’s raisin sauce with Smithfield’s Spiral Sliced ham will bring major holiday CHEER to your table!
- 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/2 c. seedless raisins
- 2 Tb butter
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- pinch of mace
- 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tb cornstarch
- 3 Tb orange juice
- 1 cup currant jelly
- Bring ingredients through Worcestershire sauce to a simmer in a medium saucepan.
- Mix 1 Tb cornstarch with orange juice and add to the sauce.
- Add 1 cup currant jelly.
- Stir well and continue simmering until slightly thickened.
- Recipe may be doubled and stored for several weeks in the fridge.