Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham

**UPDATE**  The winner of the Microplane was #43 (as chosen by Random.org).  Congratulations to Amanda from The Two Boos Who Eat!

We have ham today, but first … how about a giveaway?


Because it is the Holidays, and because I appreciate all my readers more than I can express, I am giving away one of my FAVORITE kitchen tools!


A Classic Series Microplane!  This handy tool is great for zesting, grating, and finely shaving all manner of fruit, cheese, spice, and chocolate!  I can’t do without it and I want to share the kitchen love!

All you have to do is comment on this post and tell me about another kitchen tool you love and can’t cook without.  Is it your wooden spoons?  Your granny’s cast iron skillet?  Perhaps it is a food mill or a pasta roller?  Make sure to use a valid email address when filling out the comment form so I can contact you if you win, and that’s it!  One entry per person, please.  This contest is limited to residents of the continental United States and Canada (sorry overseas readers!).  No entries after 9:00 p.m. Central Time Sunday, December 13, 2009.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, December 14, 2009. Good Luck!!!


Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham 

I love ham.  I love pork in general and my favorite, right after bacon, is ham.  I have fond memories of eating cold honey ham at my grandmother’s house as a child.  My family and I would arrive a day or two before Thanksgiving and the first thine we would hit was the ham.   She always bought two, knowing our almost legendary ability to eat whole hams in one evening.

Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham

Making ham means, of course, that there will be ham sandwiches.  Sure you can eat the thin sliced lunch meat variety of ham, but make me one with thick, spiral cut, slices and I’ll follow you anywhere … especially the kitchen!  Ham never goes to waste in my house either.  I eat the meat, or cook with what I can’t cram into a sandwich, and the bone I use for a pot of Pinto Beans.  (Rest assured, you will be seeing this ham bone made into my Pinto Beans in January!)

Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham

What makes this ham stand out is the glaze.  It is not too sweet, not too tangy, and not too spicy.  It is almost like a BBQ sauce except for the clove and cinnamon.  While we are discussing glaze, I recommend making extra glaze for pouring over the warm slices of ham when you serve if you like lots of glaze.  Just reduce what you do not use on the ham until it is thick and you are set!  You can also make this ham in advance and serve it cold on a buffet.  It is really good any way you want to serve it!

Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham    1 – 10 pound ham serves 18-25

1 – 10 pound bone in, spiral cut ham
1 cup cranberry jelly
1 chipotle pepper, minced fine
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 cup brown sugar

Heat the oven to 275 F and line a baking dish with tall sides (at least 2 inches) with foil.

Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham

Place the ham flat side down in the prepared dish and pat dry with paper towels.  Wrap tightly with foil and bake for ten minutes per pound.

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While the ham bakes prepare the glaze by mixing the remaining ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Cook until the glaze bubbles, then reduce to a simmer and cook until it begins to thicken, about five minutes.   Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

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Once the ham has finished baking increase the heat to 450 F and remove the foil.  Use half the glaze to coat the ham and bake for 10 minutes.  Coat the ham with the remaining glaze and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the glaze is set and bubbling.

Cranberry Chipotl;e Glazed Ham

Allow the ham to cool for ten minutes before removing from the pan.  Be careful, it will be very tender and very hot!

Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham

Serve warm, or …

Cranberry Chipotle Glazed Ham

Enjoy cold, perhaps in a sandwich!  Either way, you can’t lose!

© 2009, Evil Shenanigans. All rights reserved.

Author: Kelly

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  • One of my favorite tools too! Great glaze!

  • First – that ham looks delicious. Second – I could not live without my Pampered Chef chopper. I didn’t think I’d use it that much, but I seriously find something to use it for everyday! I love it!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  • Yum does that glaze look fabulous! Cranberry and chipotle must be extraordinary together. Yum!

    But sadly I cannot win this wonderful kitchen gadget as I live in Europe (darn it she says as she stomps away!). And I can’t live without my peeler. Or great knife set.

  • Lee

    Looks awesome, can’t wait to give it a try. As for my favorite kitchen tool, mine is definitely my bacon press.

  • Looks delish – I do loves me some ham. While the microplane is one of my favorite tools, the garlic press is a close second. For some reason I used to look down my nosed at garlic presses until I used one a few years ago, then I was hooked!

  • Yum… Your ham looks amazing. Ham is one of my favorite holiday dishes… I think I will have to make one this weekend! My favorite kitchen tool is my chef’s knife. I rarely make anything without it!

  • I have a red spatula that I may as well just keep in my hand the entire time I’m baking. And it’s rubber all over, including the handle, so when I stick in in the Kitchen Aid while the Kitchen Aid is still on, it just sort of bends around instead of snapping.

  • This is one tool that I am without! Hummm….
    The ham sandwich looks great too!

  • Amy

    One of my favorites is my spatula. Good for stirring, scraping, and licking!

  • Hi Kelly! What a fun giveaway! I have a mini spatula from the Pampered Chef that my mom gave me when I moved into my new apartment. It had a plastic handle but a great metal blade that makes it ideal for sauteing, scraping, stirring, and even on occasion, (in-pan) slicing. Works like a charm for cakes, desserts, too. I’m sure every person in America has a variating on this thing, but honestly, I don’t know where I’d be without it!

  • My new Ipod touch for podcasts while I cook in ‘FM reception challenged’ back road Vermont.

    I love ham with horseradish spiced cranberry sauce.

  • Ania

    That looks delicious!

    I just can’t live without this pan scraper (http://www.surlatable.com/product/pan+scraper.do?keyword=scraper&sortby=ourPicks) The best $0.60 you will ever spend! I love cooking – but I hate cleaning up my messes in the kitchen. This tool is perfect for easily cleaning up REALLY messy pots and pans.

  • Julie

    My absolute favorite is my double-sided cast iron griddle that fits over half of our gas stove… I use it at least twice a day. (:

  • Wow, I’m not a super-big ham lover (I used to hate it, I’m coming around…spiral sliced honey hams are pretty good…) but your ham looks AMAZING. I love the glaze. Let’s see, my favorite kitchen tool? Probably my good ol’ cast iron skillet. It’s a close one though, I love my microzester too!

  • I love the glaze!!! I’ve been used to the honey baked version, I think I need to kick it up a notch this year.

    My fav kitchen tool is my mini food processor. Makes mixing things a whole lot better. Before I used to do a lot of things by hand. Since getting it, it’s definitely cut down on time.

  • Tara

    not the biggest ham fan in the world, but this looks amazing! you just may have me converted!!

    i cant live without good quality non stick pans — i hate dishes and they make life so much easier!

  • OK – I am for sure going to share this recipe with my mom to (hopefully) get her over her tendency to use that horrible red glaze they package with hams (YUCK!). This sounds so yummy, I don’t think she can resist!

    As for favorite kitchen tools, I can’t live without silicone spatulas. They stir, they spread, they get into nooks and crannies. What’s not to love?!

  • i love that the glaze is a seasonally appropriate affair- the ham looks beautiful, and the versatility in serving is an ideal choice this time of year.

    right now i’m having a renewed love affair with ball whisks. they are so simple, yet so perfect for really getting in there and shaking things up. ( i love the microplane just like you too- mine is getting mighty ready for replacement 🙂


  • Nice ham! I agree the next best thing to bacon is ham, then crackling, then pork chops…..

    My fav kitchen utensil is the pairing knife (Global brand to be exact). Made from samarai sword steel and very easy to sharpen. i use it constantly no matter what I’m cooking. Thanks for the chancxe to win the microplaner, i’ll pass it on through Facebook and Twitter

  • I couldn’t live without my Kitchen Aid mixer!

    Great looking ham, btw!

  • Delani

    Hmm, I love my mom’s dough mixer. It’s perfect!
    Btw, the ham looks delicious 🙂

  • Maria C.

    I’m not of a ham fan, but this recipe just might be enough to convert me!

    As for my favourite kitchen tool, I would have to say that it is my wok. I’ve had it for a while and it’s nicely seasoned. Got it cheap in Chinatown and it’s lasted many years and served up many a good dish.

  • honestly, without a good quality, sharp knife, i’m useless in the kitchen. the microplane is a close second, though, for zests, hard cheese, garlic and ginger. 🙂

  • Chipotle is one of my favorite things ever. Thanks.
    I cannot live without my silicone spoonula & a big fat roll of paper towels.

  • Mine has to be my mixer. I LOVE my mixer. Black, sleek and usually covered with flour.

  • lk

    you can’t beat a good ham, and that looks like a great ham! I don’t make my own nearly often enough.

    So hard to pick an essential kitchen item… hmmm… I’m gonna have to go with my 5 Qt stainless sautee pan with the straight sides. Deep enough to make sauce or soup in, but also great for searing meat. Or my food processor. Love that thing too!

  • jacquie

    wooden spoons …..

  • I am not entering your giveaway, but I find the combo of flavors in your recipe interesting! Cranberries and chipotle must go so well together 🙂

  • Without question, my favorite cooking gadget is my Kitchen Aid mixer.

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  • Mme Marceau

    i can’t live without my bench scraper. i use it so much, i have two. one for veggies and one for doughs.

  • Jenifer

    First thanks for the glaze recipe!! I have a bunch of leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving that would work great for our Christmas ham! It will go perfect with chipolte mashed sweet potatoes I was already planning to make.

    My favorite tool is hands down my Global knife, couldn’t live without it.

  • Chipotle and cranberry? I just gotta try this.

    Simplicity at its best, you can’t beat those round silicone garlic peelers that you roll a few times and the peel comes right off. I cook with a lot of garlic and don’t know what I did before I got that thing!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Stephanie

    I cannot live without my brownie pan. It gets used most often for other things besides brownies. Last night it was the perfect size to put under the broiler with chicken covered in a soy sauce, garlic and butter sauce. It’s also great for a small serving of brussels sprouts in the oven or to toast almonds for a salad recipe. Love my brownie pan.

  • I love ham! mmm

    I don’t have any fancy tools (student budget), I just stick with the classic fork for most applications. Oh, and I miss my old roommate’s electric can opener.

  • Ellie

    I use my silacone spatulas every meal I cook, I even bought one for my 86 year old Mom’s kitchen for when I visit, She kind of old fashion and doesn’t buy many “new fangled gadgets” (her words)

  • natalie

    favorite tool: my Global chef’s knife. best investment i ever made in the kitchen.

  • Jana

    I love my pastry scraper, how else do you get all that sticky dough off the counter without ruining a sponge?

  • Anita Turner

    I love my W-S spoonula (I have about three, as I use many while cooking multiple dishes), and my Pampered Chef garlic press.

  • WarmnFlaky

    My grandmother would use leftover ham to make ham and plum jam sandwiches on her homemade bread. (Of course the plum jam was homemade, too). Pork + fruit = love to me 🙂

    I still have (and use daily) her wooden spoons – favorites for many reasons. Of course, my kitchenaid mixer and cuisinart elite, ain’t too bad either 😉

    I adore your site – thanks a million!

  • My favorite kitchen tool? My finger. If you can’t taste the progress, and make appropriate adjustments, it is just a guess. Sucking up for the swag. Ham looks porkilicious. Rock on curvebreaker.

  • I love my silpat. I have 2, but I lost one. How do you lose a silpat?
    Love the ham. Sounds like a hell of a glaze and I want some! 🙂
    Happy Holidays!

  • oh do I love gadgets, so it is so hard to pick one favorite…..I guess right now with the holidays, I would have to say my KitchenAid mixer is getting the most use, but I do love my Cuisinart Juicer!
    Your ham looks wonderful, may have to try this when our home is full of company, I can us the leftover ham for my ham and broccoli strata http://www.thesaucygourmet.com/2009/12/make-ahead-christmas-brunch.html

  • That ham glaze looks delicious! I love the cranberry jelly addition!

    One kitchen gadget I cannot live without is…my chef’s knife. Love that thing!

  • Aileen Chang

    my fav kitchen tool is my rubber spatula. I cannot bake/cook without it!

  • Your cranberry chipotle glaze sounds wonderful! A great giveaway – my favorite tool in a kitchen is my immersion blender!

  • This looks like the BEST sandwich ever! I could always use another microplane!!

  • Your ham looks SOOOO delicious !!! Can’t wait to try it ! And concerning your question, the kitchen tool I could absolutely not live without is my Cuisinart food processor. I do everything with it !

  • Nancy O

    I will try the glaze – It looks and reads delicious. Thanks for sharing. My favorite kitchen tool is my 6″ soduko knife. I even take it camping…

  • I can’t live without my peeler. I use it at every meal. I just don’t have the coordination to peel with a knife.

  • MsJoanie

    This sounds fantastic and I have leftover cranberry sauce that I could thicken into a jelly consistency, so I’ll see if this works!

    For essential kitchen tools, I couldn’t live without my OXO tongs for handling everything, and a flat whisk for making pan sauces.

  • Thank you for the glaze recipe. It will go well on smoked ribs.

  • Dawson

    apple corer/slicer!

  • The kitchen tool that I absolutely love and could never do without is my marble mortar and pestle. Crushing my own spices and nuts and pounding fresh curry paste are all tasks that this lovely tool allows me to accomplish. It’s really nice to look at too 🙂

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  • Renn

    Currently my favorite kitchen toy is my oxo tongs, I use them for everything! I’ve been eying micro planers lately too and this one looks beautiful!

  • Lori

    My favorite kitchen tool that I could do without right now is my kitchenaid stand mixer!! I have learned so much in a short period of time. It makes an amazing difference in many recipes!! Oh, i really wish I had a microplane grater! I keep reading so many incredible things about them!

  • yummy! ohh microplane, great giveaway!

    i dont think i could live without a good wisk!

  • Recently my mandoline has become my go to kitchen tool. I am hooked on making crispy chips of all flavors, most notably blue potatoes, sweet potatoes and apple chips. There is no other way to get the great satisfying crunch without this vital tool in my kitchen.

  • mmm That ham looks delicious!!!

    As for which kitchen tool I couldn’t live without, that’s awful tough. Between my wooden spoons, my cutting boards, my chef’s knife, pizza stone, and mortar and pestle… but I’d say the winner is definitely my chef’s knife. I just love the feel of it. I could chop, chop, chop all day long!

  • That ham looks great. My BF LOVES ham…and The glaze sounds fantastic. I’m going to have to try this!

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