Spicy Tamarind & Honey Glazed Spiral Ham

spie-tamarind-ham

Serves: 12

This recipe is a sweet, sour, and spicy take on the classic centerpiece ham, and the leftovers will taste awesome in a mini potato roll.

Ingredients

1 (8–10-pound) shank-end, spiral-sliced, bone-in ham

3 Scotch bonnet or habanero chiles, seeds removed, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely grated

1 tablespoon finely grated peeled ginger

1/2 cup tamarind concentrate

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon honey

Kosher salt

1/2 cup dry red wine

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Instructions

Let ham sit at room temperature 1 hour for even baking.

Place a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 300°F. Wrap ham tightly in foil and place on a wire rack set inside a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of ham, avoiding the bone, registers 120°F, 1 1/2–2 hours.

Meanwhile, mix chiles, garlic, ginger, tamarind, and 1/2 cup honey in a small bowl; season lightly with salt. Set 1/3 cup glaze aside for sauce.

Remove ham from oven and uncover. Increase oven temperature to 450°F. Brush ham with 1/3 cup glaze and bake 10 minutes. Brush with another 1/3 cup glaze and bake until surface is crisp and looks lacquered, 10–15 minutes. Remove from oven and tent with foil; let ham rest 20 minutes before slicing.

Meanwhile, bring wine to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Whisk in reserved 1/3 cup glaze and remaining 1 Tbsp. honey. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add butter 1 piece at a time, incorporating completely before adding more, until sauce is glossy, about 3 minutes. Taste and season with salt. Serve ham with sauce alongside.

Do Ahead: Glaze can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.

Ingredient Info: Often labeled “concentrate cooking tamarind,” tamarind concentrate can be found at Asian and Thai markets, and online.

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