Baked Ham Recipe with Apples
Why We Love This Baked Ham Recipe With Apples
Nothing says holiday like pulling a juicy dripping baked ham out of the oven, then setting it on the family table.
Am I right?
After all, a ham isn’t a one-time affair.
It’s a dish you get to enjoy for several days after, extending the holiday spirit as long as possible.
Believe it or not, this gorgeous holiday centerpiece, that is actually stuffed with apples, requires only 6 ingredients, including a smoked spiral-cut ham.
Smoked hams are readily available at your local grocery store year-round, and are pre-cooked. So we’re essentially doctoring it and warming it through.
All those spiral-cut layers of ham are begging to be filled with something. So today I nestled thinly sliced apples in between them. As the ham bakes, the apples soften releasing their juices… Making an already juicy ham extra sweet and juicy.
Then I brushed an easy honey mustard glaze over the top. The honey mustard glaze seeps down in between the layers, seasoning the ham, and creating a crispy pork-fat crust that you will not be able to keep your hands off of.
I prefer the flavor and texture of whole-grain mustard, but it should still work with yellow mustard if you can’t find the whole-grain kind.
This baked ham recipe with apples is the absolute perfect (and super easy) way to make ham for any holiday including Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter!
Ingredients You Need
For this easy Baked Ham Recipe with Honey Mustard Ham Glaze and Apples, you need just 6 simple ingredients! Here’s what you need:
- Spiral-cut Ham – you can find a fully cooked spiral-cut, bone-in ham at the grocery store!
- Granny Smith Apples – peeled and sliced thin
- Whole-grain Mustard – for a wonderful flavor and texture in the glaze
- Dijon Mustard – for even more added flavor
- Honey – to balance the tartness of the apples
- Ground Cardamom – for a warming spice
How to Make This Spiral Baked Ham Recipe with Mustard Glaze
To fit the standing ham in your oven, remove one oven rack and lower the other rack to the lowest position. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan with foil and set the spiral ham on top.
Peel and core the apples, then slice them into paper-thin rounds with a sharp knife.
Tuck the apple slices between the slices of ham, skipping a row here and there, and spacing them out all the way around the ham. Once the ham gets too full of apples to hold its shape, turn the ham flat-side-down.
Whisk the mustard, honey, and cardamom together in a small bowl. Brush over the entire surface of the ham. Bake for 1 hour.
Brush the pan juices over the ham, and bake for 1 more hour, until crispy on the outside. Brush the pan juices over the ham again before serving warm.
Pro Tip! Because the ham is stuffed with apples there is no need for covering the ham with tinfoil while baking. The apples do all the work in keeping the ham moist!
Get the Full (Printable) Bake Ham Recipe + Video Below!
Imagine an enormous glistening Baked Ham with Honey Mustard and Apples as your table centerpiece this season.
Crispy edges, juicy pork, and sweet baked apples nestled between the slices… What more could you ask for?
Then surround it with homemade rolls, slow cooker stuffing, sweet potato casserole, the best mashed potatoes ever, and a decadent bourbon derby pie. Or serve it in spring with my mom’s perfect potato salad, smoked salmon deviled eggs, savory cheese spinach pie, homemade mac and cheese, and a lemon tart!
This holiday will be tasty, to say the least.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to cook a precooked spiral-cut ham is in the oven. You will bake it at a pretty low temperature, so that the ham can heat up all the way through the middle without drying out on the outside! This baked ham recipe is particularly helpful at keeping a moist ham because of the added apples and mustard glaze on top!
In this recipe, there is no need to cover the ham before baking it. The apples will keep the ham super moist on the inside, and the honey mustard glaze will get nice and caramelized on the outside!
Absolutely! Be sure to either drizzle the apples with lemon juice or coat them with the glaze, so they don’t brown. Then refrigerate until ready to bake!
You can store the leftover ham in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.
Looking for More Holiday Recipes to Try? Be Sure to Also Try:
- Smoky-Sweet Roasted Butternut Squash
- Grilled Ham Steaks with Southern Kale Salad
- Deep Fried Turkey Recipe
- Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin with Vegetables
- Brown Sugar Ham (Baked Ham Glaze)
- Christmas Holiday Standing Rib Roast
- Nana’s Epic Navy Bean Ham Bone Soup
- Beer Mac and Cheese
- Carrots Soufflé Recipe
- Honey Baked Ham from Cafe Delites
Check the printable recipe card below for the nutrition information including calories, protein, cholesterol, fiber, and calcium percentages.
Baked Ham Recipe with Apples
- To fit the standing ham in your oven, remove one oven rack and lower the other rack to the lowest position. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and set the spiral ham on top.
- Peel and core the apples, then slice into paper-thin rounds.
- Tuck the apple slices between the slices of ham, skipping a row here and there, and spacing them out all the way around the ham. Once the ham gets too full of apples to hold its shape, turn the ham flat-side-down.
- Whisk the mustards, honey, and cardamom together in a small bowl. Brush over the entire surface of the ham. Bake for 1 hour.
- Brush the pan juices over the ham, and bake for 1 more hour, until crispy on the outside. Brush the pan juices over the ham again before serving warm.