An easy old fashioned baked ham covered in and basted with a mixture of pomegranate molasses, orange and ginger makes this dish finger licking good. Baked Ham with Pomegranate Molasses Glaze hits all the right notes whether it’s Sunday night supper or your next holiday meal.
Baked Ham with Pomegranate Molasses Glaze
We are not traditionalists in that we have to have ham on Easter or turkey on Thanksgiving. It’s awesome for those who do, but we are the make it whenever we feel like it kind of people even if that means Christmas day.
What is Pomegranate Molasses?
Pomegranate molasses is your new favourite condiment you never knew you needed. Truthfully I’ve always got a bottle in my pantry as I absolutely love it. Plus I’ve started doing a lot of Lebanese, Persian and Middle Eastern cooking and these dishes have this ingredient more often than not.
Simply put, it’s a syrup made from boiled pomegranate juice. A thick pouring liquid with a sweet and sour consistency kind of like balsamic vinegar.
It offers flavour and complexity to many dishes and I can’t live without it. When I was thinking about what glaze to make for this ham, and looking in my pantry, there it was staring back at me, the syrup was the key to this glaze.
Even though it’s a newer ingredient to many cooks, it’s becoming more readily available. I buy mine at our local Italian Store however you could find it at any Middle Eastern store, or International grocery store.
Can I just tell you this glaze is the bomb. It’s so delicious that husband and I had to keep tasting it just to be sure. He decided it would be phenomenal on ice cream and if there had been any left we may have tried it out.
Pomegranate Glaze Ingredients
As per the photo, the ingredients are simple.
- An Orange, buy a heavy medium sized orange, zest first then juice it
- Pomegranate Molasses
- Honey, I love the stuff from Bear Bait Honey
- Sea Salt, it won’t be too salty
- Black Pepper, freshly cracked
Now that I’ve got your attention, you might be thinking about what to serve with this baked ham. Here’s a few tasty sides.
Other uses for Pomegranate Molasses
A few favourite ways we use the syrup:
- Salad dressings, it can replace vinegar, even acid (lemon juice)
- Drizzle on top of hummus, baba ghanoush, muhammara or on other dips
- Use in cocktails, mocktail, ice tea, lemonade even sparkling water
- It’s tasty on chicken, pork even lamb
- Drizzle on roasted or grilled vegetables (game changer)
- Drizzle over cheese like brie, parmesan or grilled halloumi
Sides to serve with this baked ham:
- Cacio e Pepe Potato Stacks
- Honey Roasted Carrots
- Green Apple and Cranberry Quinoa Salad
- Brussels Sprouts with Candied Walnuts
- Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Pancetta
- Wild Rice, Orzo and Mushroom Casserole
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- 4-5 lb bone in ham
Pomegranate Molasses Glaze
- 1/2 cup pomegranate molasses
- zest from one orange
- juice from one orange
- 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1-2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Remove ham from refrigerator and let stand on baking sheet with a rack. Using a sharp knife, score the fat on top in a diamond pattern.
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix together your pomegranate glaze.
Pomegranate Molasses Glaze
- In a bowl or cup mix together pomegranate molasses through salt.
- Using a barbecue or pastry brush, cover the top of the ham with the glaze. Add water to the bottom of the pan and roast for 1.5 - 2 hours or until meat thermometer reads 160 F.
- Baste with glaze occassionally while roasting. If top of ham is starting to darken too much, tent with foil.
- Remove ham from oven and loosely cover with foil letting it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving with your favourite sides.