Confession: I have never hosted a Christmas dinner in my home. I have cooked a big portion of the meal and have transported it to another family member's house, but never have I had to deal with the bustling of extra company on the holiday. We always spend Christmas Eve at my mom's, and the day of at the in-laws, and somehow Christmas breakfast with the extended family kind of just became my job, passed along from my sister-in-law. That's usually done the week before the big day, so we'll be hosting that this weekend. Another confession: I actually like that I won't be dealing with the pressure of having company at my home Christmas day. After being dragged out of bed at unholy hours, watching my floor become littered with paper, ribbons and bows, then having to open toy packaging that I am sure Satan himself pieced together (seriously, have you ever tried to pry a Barbie out of the box without a minimum of 10 different tools to get the job done?) the idea of rushing to clean, cook, then look halfway presentable before company comes strolling in does not appeal to me. At all. So, I would like to take a minute to give a shout out to my mom and mother-in-law for hosting the holiday meal. Thank you for saving my sanity!
Both dinners we'll be attending this year will be served with the traditional holiday ham. Since I am in charge of the main course for my mom's house, I wanted to do something a little less traditional this year and try using Golden Blossom Honey Mustard to add an extra kick of flavor to the meat. I did a test run of this Holiday Ham over the weekend, and it was a success!
Simple, juicy, delicious. I also skipped out on traditional mashed potatoes and served it with steamed baby new potatoes. I did cheap out on prep and used some frozen dinner rolls to round out the meal, but hey, even weekend meal prep has its time limitations.
Ingredients1 (5-6 pound) cooked ham (shank or rump portion)
2 cups apple juice or cider
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup Golden Blossom Honey Mustard
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
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What are you serving for Christmas dinner this year?