Pressure Cooker Maple Glazed Holiday Ham with its Caramelized Sweetly Spiced Glaze is a must have for Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving.
Pressure Cooker Maple Glazed Holiday Ham
This is the most simple way to make your Holiday Ham.
No need to spend tons of money at that Ham store.
I did not grow up eating Ham, as you might imagine.
In fact, when I was a guest at friends homes and there was a big ol Ham on the table, I was slightly uncomfortable.
Ham Sandwiches were not foreign to me and I actually like them very much. However, a slab of Ham on the table, well, that changed things. I saw it differently.
I love Croquetas de Jamon (Cuban Ham Croquettes) (recipe coming soon) so much and have consumed millions of them.
Weird, I know. I had that problem with Fish too. I would not taste Fish until I was 30 and the thought of fish and seeing a whole fish with head, bothered me.
Gefilte Fish (try my recipe) and Bagles, Lox and Cream Cheese were and still are favorites of mine. But, I associated them with something other than a piece of Fish. Yes, I
was am weird.
Don’t get me started on Chopped Liver.
As the years went by I finally tried a slice of Ham, just a tiny slice.
Then one year, I was in charge of ordering Ham for the Office Holiday Party.
That was many years ago and suffice it to say, I enjoy Ham and regularly make it for Holiday Parties and just because. Have you tried my Holiday Party Southern Baked Ham Buns?
I prepared this recipe last Easter and just never got it up, so I apologize for the lateness in posting.
What exactly is Ham?
- By all accounts, Ham is not raw and is ready to heat and eat.
- Ham is generally made from the hind leg of a Pig/Swine.
- It has been processed/preserved by smoking, salting or wet curing.
- Unprocessed meat is called Fresh Ham and is ready for cooking or preserving/processing. However, most Ham goes through one of the processes and is then labeled “Cured Ham.”
There are minimal ingredients to this recipe.
It is basically just heating up a pre-cooked ham with a delicious glaze.
This Pressure Cooker Holiday Maple Glazed Ham is as easy as whisking up the ingredients.
Click here to see the Whisk I love to use.
What are the ingredients for Ham Glaze?
- Soda – Cola, Sprite, Dr. Pepper or White Wine
- Whole Cloves
- Light Brown Sugar
- Maple Syrup
- Spicy Brown Mustard or Dijon Mustard
- Worcestershire Sauce
My Pressure Cooker Maple Glazed Holiday Ham recipe is really just a guideline.
Growing up in Miami was great. Tons of little coffee shops and restaurants with counters.
In the Cuban restaurants, if you sat at the counter and the owner liked you, he/she would bring out a napkin with a piece of the Crackling.
My dad and I used to go out to eat together all the time. He got Crackling. He married a Cuban lady, who loved to talk as much as him, so we would sit for hours and chit chat with the owners of restaurants.
It’s no wonder I love to cook so much. Talking about food makes me happy.
I have use several liquids for this recipe.
A cola works well.
Sprite is delicious too.
Dr. Pepper is also yummy.
White Wine gives the Pressure Cooker Maple Glazed Ham a totally different taste. It’s really good.
If your Pressure Cooker came with a Trivet with handles, that is perfect for this recipe.
Otherwise, you can buy a Stainless Steel Short/Tall Legged Trivet Set and use that instead.
Use a Basting Brush to paint on some of the Maple Glaze.
The Liquid will steam into the Ham and the Maple Glaze will begin to seep into the Skin.
Since Ham is already cured and ready to eat, it does not need a long time in the Pressure Cooker.
Just enough to warm the Ham through to the center.
Heating the Ham up in the Pressure Cooker, rather than putting it in an Oven for an hour to heat, will keep the Ham nice and Moist.
The oven tends to dry out the Ham.
We only want to use the Oven for as long as it takes to crisp up the Skin and caramelize the Maple Glaze.
Any Skillet or Pan will work
Add a little liquid to your Pan and then add the Ham
Use the rest of the Maple Glaze and paint it onto the Ham, nice and thick.
Crisp it up and you are good to go!
Don’t forget to save that Ham Bone for my Pressure Cooker Split Pea and Ham Soup!
Merry Christmas! Happy Easter! Enjoy.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot DUO80 (8 Quart)
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk– a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- 6 oz Porcelain Ramekins
- John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Groove
- Stainless Steel Tall/Short Trivet Set
- Silicone Basting Brush
- Cast Iron Skillet
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
Pressure Cooker Maple Glazed Holiday Ham
Pressure Cooker Maple Glazed HamPrint Pin Rate
- Add Soda to Pressure Cooker cooking pot and place a Short Legged Trivet.
- Whisk together the rest of the ingredients. Stud Ham with Cloves.
- Paint the Ham with half of the Glaze and then place Ham into cooking pot.
- Lock on Lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook at Low Pressure for 15 minutes. Wait 15 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure and remove the ham.
- Place a little Liquid from the cooking pot and the Ham into a Cast Iron Skillet or Baking Dish. Paint on the rest of the Glaze. Place Ham in 400 degree oven until Skin has begun to brown, basting every five minutes.