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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The BEST Easter Ham Ever! Tangerine-Glazed Ham with Baby Carrots

First, Happy Easter! Second, I need to admit something to you. This is the second time I am posting this recipe. It's that good. Seriously.

As of this time last year, I had never cooked a ham in my life. This year I am hosting Easter dinner at my house with my in-laws, dad, and uncle. Scary! I would ask you to wish me luck, but if I cook this ham exactly as directed, I won't need it!

If you are like me and don't like ham that is super sweet (no pineapple and cherries, please!) this recipe is perfect. Thank you to the Food Network and Tyler Florence.

Tangerine-Glazed Easter Ham With Baby Carrots

Prep Time: 20 min   Cook Time: 4 hr   Level: Intermediate   Serves: 10 to 12 servings
Food Network Photo

My ham. Not as pretty, but close!
1 (8 to 10-pound) smoked ham, bone-in, skin on
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut in chunks
2 tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed
2 cups tangerine juice
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
11/2 pounds carrots, peeled

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Put the ham in a large roasting pan, fat-side up. Using a sharp knife, score the ham with cuts across the skin, about 2-inches apart and 1/2-inch deep. Cut diagonally down the slashes to form a diamond pattern; season the meat generously with salt and pepper. Chop about 8 of the sage leaves and put it in a bowl; mix with the oil to make a paste. Rub the sage-oil all over the ham, being sure to get the flavor into all the slits. Bake the ham for 2 hours. Now there is plenty of time to bang-out the tangerine glaze.

For the glaze: Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the chunks of butter, tangerines, tangerine juice, brown sugar, water, and spices. Slowly cook the liquid down to a syrupy glaze; this should take about 30 to 40 minutes.

After the ham has being going for a couple of hours, pour the tangerine glaze all over it, with the pieces of fruit and all. Scatter the remaining sage leaves on top and stick the ham back in the oven and continue to cook for 11/2 hours, basting with the juices every 30 minutes.

Scatter the carrots around the ham and coat in the tangerine glaze. Stick the ham once again back in the oven and cook for a final 30 minutes, until the carrots are tender, the ham is dark and crispy, and the whole thing is glistening with a sugary glaze.

Set the ham on a cutting board to rest before carving. Serve the carrots and tangerine glaze on the side.

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Have a great Easter day and evening, everyone!

Shelly Holbrook-Ebeling (The Seattle Soap Girl)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hop To It!

Fruit Confetti Soap
Ah, April is finally here. Birds are chirping, the sun is (occasionally) shining, and the Easter Bunny is preparing to make his rounds. Did you know that Americans purchase 120 million pounds of Easter Candy annually? Holy Cavity, Batman! Don't worry though, The Seattle Soap Shop is here to help. We know that kids (and adults) love sweet things in all forms. That's why April's Soap of the Month is our popular Fruit Confetti Soap. You know that popular cereal with the fruity rings and the toucan? Fruit Confetti smells like that. Yum! Pair this soap with our Root Beer Float Soap and our Blue Raspberry Slushie Soap and you'll have something fun to add to your Easter basket that won't send you straight to the dentist.

Get your Fruit Confetti Soap here.
Get your Root Beer and Blue Raspberry Slushie Soaps here.
Root Beer Float Soap
~Shelly Holbrook-Ebeling (The Seattle Soap Girl)