Recipe for Tea & Cranberry Glazed Ham

[Note: most of the photos here are from other sources and are for illustrative purposes only.]

The holidays offer a time for us to get together with family and feast on all the delightful holiday traditions we look forward to all year. This sure fire simple tea recipe is sure to be one used over and over again. This ham is bursting with holiday cheer and wonderful flavors. Perfect with so many side dishes synonymous with the holidays. 

First things first!

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This recipe is for one 6-8lb smoked, uncooked ham, but you can adapt it for a cooked ham, as shown below.

Ham roasting ingredients

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Steep the tea for 5-7 minutes. Set aside 1/2 cup of the tea liquid for use in the glaze (see other ingredients below).

Scour the ham on all sides. Place into a deep roasting pan.

Pour the agave syrup over the top of the ham, covering all sides. Pour one cup of the liquid tea into the bottom of the roasting dish. Cover with foil and place into your preheated oven.

Cook until internal temperature is 145°F (about 15-20 minutes per pound).

If using a cooked ham, follow the instructions that come with the ham except you will also add the tea at the bottom of the roasting pan.

Glaze ingredients

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Bring ingredients to a simmer then reduce to medium low heat and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the cranberries burst. Once burst, remove from heat and mash up together. Pour berry mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds and cloves.

Once the ham is cooked remove it from the oven and take off the cover. Using a pastry brush, brush the cranberry sauce over the entire ham. Place under a low broiler for about 5-8 minutes or until the cranberry adheres to the ham and the outside is slightly crisped. Use the same instructions for this portion of the recipe regardless if the ham was cooked or uncooked. Slice and serve.

Recipe serves 10-12 people.

We hope you will try this recipe and that it adds just the right festive touch to your holidays!

Photos by Janet Sanchez, All rights reserved.
Photos by Janet Sanchez, All rights reserved.

About the Author: Janet Sanchez, formerly of, is a skilled cook combining healthy ingredients in a very tasty way. She also stays fit with kickboxing.

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