With Christmas only a week away, it’s time to make final decisions on what to serve for your holiday meals. Perhaps you are planning a Christmas Eve repast, a special breakfast for Christmas Day or the following morning, and, of course, there’s the big day itself.

For many families, it wouldn’t be Christmas — or New Year’s Day — without a ham on the table. If that describes your family, you might want to consider serving the Citrus-Molasses Glazed Ham recipe from Taste of Home. It’s easy to prepare. By the time the oven is preheated, you’ll have completed prepping the ham.

Merry Christmas!

Cheramie Sonnier is The Advocate’s food editor. Her email address is csonnier@theadvocate.com.

Citrus-Molasses Glazed Ham

Serves 12. Recipe is provided by Taste of Home cooking magazine.

1 fully cooked bone-in ham (7 to 9 pounds)


1/2 cup grapefruit juice

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup molasses

3 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Using a sharp knife, score surface of ham with 1/4-inch-deep cuts in a diamond pattern. Cover and bake 13/4 to 21/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 130 F.

2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine grapefruit and orange juices. Bring to a boil; cook 6-8 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in remaining ingredients; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 12-15 minutes or until thickened.

3. Remove ham from oven. Brush with 1?3 cup glaze. Bake ham, uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 140 F, basting occasionally with remaining glaze.

Nutritional analysis per 5 ounces cooked ham: 272 calories, 7 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat), 116 milligrams cholesterol, 1,424 milligrams sodium .

Note: Taste of Home suggests serving a medium-bodied white wine, such as a riesling or gewürtztraminer, with the ham.