Christmas Ham

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Christmas Ham Christmas Ham

Servings: 8 servings
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 butt end smoked ham, about 7 pounds
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cans crescent rolls
Egg wash





Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the ham in a roasting pan and lightly score it with a sharp knife all around. Stir the mustard, marmalade and black pepper together in a small mixing bowl with a spoon. Slather the mustard mixture all over the outside of the ham, rubbing it into the scored meat. Bake the ham for 20 minutes then remove it from the oven.

Using 2 cans of crescent rolls, unroll the crescent dough but don’t separate them into pieces. Press the perforated pieces together to keep the dough in its rectangular shape. Drape them over the ham pressing the dough edges together to cover the ham completely with the dough. Tuck any loose edges underneath the bottom of the ham in the roasting pan. Brush with egg wash.

Lay the last piece can of dough out on a cutting board and cut our some holiday shapes with cookie cutters. Holly leaves are nice. Arrange the dough leaves in a pretty bunch on the dough draped ham. Brush these shapes with egg wash.

Return the ham to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes until the ham is heated through and the crescent dough is cooked and browned.

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Reader Comments:


Is the total heating time on this recipe really only 40 minutes? Heating instructions on other 7 lb hams at similar temperatures are for 10 minutes or more oper pound - like 70-80 minutes. I like the receipe but am afraid I will have browned crescent dough and a cold ham in the middle. Thank!

By Bob on December 23, 2013


I am over the moon!!! I will be having lunch with Paula Deen on Feb. 8th.

By Janni Becker on December 06, 2013


This is the most awesome ham ever!! My only variation is I use apricot preserves. People can't get over how good thiis ham is!! They think I spent all day long in the kitchen!! You rock Paula!! its like carving a ham sandwich right off the bone!!

By Wendymarie on December 21, 2012


I really perfer smoked sausage with my ham. However it is hard to keep lit.

By David on December 04, 2012


could not find any of the smithfield hams you have advertised as we always buy one for Christmas and/or New Years Not to be had on Long Island called several Waldbaums but they never got them in even called smithfiels c/s but got a run around what happened?

By Helen on January 02, 2012


i love your shows and your books i have learned alote from it.

By milred evans on December 24, 2010


What a wonderful recipe for the Christmas Ham. I was just trying to figure out how to prepare this ham I purchased and give it some panache. And, as usual, there was a recipe from Ms Deen. This is the first time I have gone to this website, but guarantee it wont be my last. Thanks so much and have a terrific holiday Season , I know that I and my guests will have a terrific dinner. Thanks again. best wishes for the New Year.

By timothy on December 22, 2010


By Anonymous on November 24, 2010


That is so neat. I've never seen it like that before. Love you paula.

By DKrusinski on September 03, 2009

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