It's the sweet and tender ham paired with the smoky, salty bacon and the toasted walnuts that makes this dish a winner. The flavors are sublime.
For a Fresh Twist: While ham is traditionally a holiday dish, it can also be made for a family get-together or just for a typical dinner so you can eat the leftovers in sandwiches and omelets.
7-8 pounds fully-cooked spiral sliced or bone-in ham
10 whole cloves
2 medium red onions, quartered
6 large garlic cloves
4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch rounds
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup dry white wine
6-7 strips bacon, cut into small strips
3/4 cup clover honey, divided
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon smooth dijon mustard
3/4 cup finely chopped Fisher® Walnut Halves and Pieces, toasted
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Prepare the ham: Place the ham on a flat surface, fat side up. “Stud” the surface with the cloves, leaving space between each. Pour ¼ cup of the honey over the exterior.
Cook the ham: Place the ham in a roasting pan fitted with a rack. Drizzle the onions, garlic and carrots with the canola oil and scatter them on the bottom of the pan and pour wine over vegetables. Place the pan in the center of the oven and cook for 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham registers 155°F.
Cook the bacon and honey: Put the bacon in a medium skillet with ¼ cup water and cook until the water evaporates, 5-8 minutes. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered fat and add the remaining ½ cup honey and 2 tablespoons of the red wine vinegar. Simmer over medium heat until the honey thickens, 5-8 minutes. The honey will be very hot. Cool. Finely chop ¾ cup of the walnuts. Stir the walnuts and mustard into the glaze to thicken the texture. Taste for seasoning.
Finish the dish: Pour the glaze on the exterior of the ham spreading to cover the surface of the ham. The glaze should help the nuts adhere to the ham. Transfer the ham and the cooked vegetables to a large serving platter.