Ham refers to the hind leg of a pig, and is salted and cured to give it that signature salty taste. This cut of pork provides a substantial amount of protein, as well as important B vitamins, potassium, zinc, copper and selenium. Because ham is typically cured or salted, which can utilize a variety of preservatives or sodium, look for ham that is naturally cured using vegetable juices like celery juice and natural sea salt. It is also important to buy and consume pork that is hormone and antibiotic free and humanely raised, as the quality and bioavailability of nutrients in the meat is much higher.
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I used apple cider to flavor this holiday ham and as the base of the collagen glaze. As a bonus, apple cider contains many beneficial bacteria that can help to support a healthy heart and immune system.
Apple cider and honey naturally sweeten this collagen glaze and pair well against the salty ham. We love adding Collagen Peptides whenever creating a recipe, and it’s just one more added health benefit to this holiday dish. Supplementing your diet with collagen can help to support healthy hair, skin, nails, joints and gut.
With some prep work and elbow grease, this holiday ham will come together beautifully and delight your taste buds.
Holiday Ham with Collagen Glaze
- 1 large ham, with natural juices or water added
- 1 quart apple cider
- ½ C apple cider
- ¼ C honey
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- 1 T German mustard
- ¼ t cinnamon
- ⅛ t ground cloves
- For fully cooked ham: Preheat oven to 300° F. Place ham cut side down on a roasting pan covered with foil. Tent the ham with foil and bake for 10 minutes per pound.
- For partially cooked ham: Preheat oven to 350° F. Place ham cut side down on a roasting pan covered with foil. If
no natural juices or water added, add a quart of apple cider to the roasting pan. Tent ham with foil and bake for 20 minutes per pound.
- For the glaze: right before the ham is finished cooking or warming up, add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil.
- Remove ham from the oven and turn on its side so that the cut side is facing out.
- Raise the oven temperature to 425° F.
- Using a brush or spoon, evenly distribute the glaze over the top and in between slices.
- Place back in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the glaze is beginning to brown.
- Remove from the oven and let rest a few minutes before slicing and serving.