We’ve got three inspired recipes for you, taking you right through the meal.
Ham Glaze Recipe
Everyone needs a glaze for their holiday ham. We love fruit sauces on ham. The tang brings out the sweet in the ham, and the sugar caramelizes with the fatty skin into an especially tasty crunchy crust. And of course mustard and ham are pals from way back.
Rocklands’ Apricot Mustard Sauce
Makes 2 cups
- 1 12- or 13-ounce jar apricot preserves, the best available
- 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 4 TBS apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup firmly-packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- Pinch of ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
Directions: Put all ingredients in a pan over low heat and stir constantly until the ingredients are combined, and apricot preserves and sugar are melted. Turn heat up to medium-high, and – continuing to stir – allow mixture to come to a low boil. Boil for 3 minutes, still stirring, until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and cool. When cooking ham, pour 1 cup of sauce over ham 30 minutes before you plan to take it out of the oven. Put remaining 1 cup of sauce in a bowl on the table to spoon over sliced ham.
Download the ham glaze recipe
Classic Side Recipe
Then, you’ll need a classic side: How does something corny sound to you? Ages ago, Washingtonian Magazine got our recipe for corn pudding out of us. This is not like the “Mrs. Fields Cookies” recipe — this is the real deal. So how about you make your guests even happier with a dishful of corn pudding sidling up to that ham?
See our Corn Pudding Recipe
Holiday Dessert Recipe
And finally, dessert. We fell in love with one of the Washington Post’s latest cookies, a pecan bar that just oozes richness and flavor. These look pretty, too, don’t they? Dressy enough for company. Thanks to the hard-working food section writers and editors at The Washington Post for this recipe for Honey Maple Pecan Bars. The only thing we changed was swapping the amounts of maple syrup and honey.
Happy holiday cooking, all!
And remember, if you’re not so into cooking on your own, we’re happy to fill in the gaps. Just stop by one of our Rocklands locations (Alexandria, Arlington, Washington, DC) to place a pick-up order, or call our catering crew at 703-778-8000 if you want to go whole hog. Holiday Order Deadline is Friday, December 18 at 12pm.