Rosemary & Mustard Crusted Baked Ham

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I don’t make ham very often.  I’m not really sure why.  I like ham, it’s just not something that pops into my head when I’m planning my weekly shopping list.  Months or even years will go by without me feeling the urge – but when I do, I normally prefer a sweet glaze on it.  In fact my favorite recipe is from Nigella Lawson’s cookbook and it’s the coca-cola ham.  You simmer it in cola and onions for a few hours, then remove it and slather it with molasses, brown sugar, cloves and mustard powder and bake for an hour until crispy and sticky.  SO. GOOD.  And when I do make it, I always serve it with her sweet corn custard which is also amazing.  Anyway, they were practically giving hams away at the grocery store the other day and I couldn’t pass one up.  Obviously my usual preferred methods weren’t going to work for a low carb version, so I had to come up with something different.  Being that the winters are mild here in SC, my rosemary bush is thriving so I picked a bunch of that and chopped it up.  I love mustard with ham, so in it went along with some mayo.  Then some minced garlic, and freshly ground pepper and my paste was made.  I slathered it on the smoky caramel colored skin and popped it into the oven at 300 degrees for 5 hours (for a 19lb ham).  It was really, really good!   Not necessarily a groundbreaking combination – but there’s something to be said for simplicity.  I just may have a new favorite way to eat ham, and I have a feeling it will be making it onto our table a lot more often from now on…

Ingredients:

1 cup prepared mustard
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbl garlic, minced
2 Tbl rosemary, chopped
freshly ground pepper

1 smoked ham

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Place your ham in a roasting pan fat side up.  Slather generously with your mustard mixture.  Pour about 1/2 cup of water into the bottom of the pan and place in a preheated 300 degree oven.  Bake for about 30 minutes per lb. uncovered.  Serve with your choice of low carb sides -  roasted asparagus and some cauli mash would go perfectly!  Hope you like it!

 






  1. Anna
    Anna04-11-2012

    Hmmm…I’m not sure I’m sold. I can’t help but think of sweet with the salty ham, and don’t even really like that. Well, I guess I’ll try it….since they’re giving away ham these days ;).

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)04-12-2012

      Free ham, can’t beat it! :) I love the sweet salty thing but I found the mustard/rosemary combo to be really delicious too – let me know if you try it and it wins you over or not!

  2. Amanda
    Amanda04-11-2012

    You are wondermous! Thank you so much for such wonderful low carb meal ideas! Hubby and I are going on 9 weeks no carb/low carb. Down 36 lbs for me, and he’s already down a good 55+. Your meals make it easy to stick to it!!

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)04-12-2012

      That’s a lot of weight to lose in 9 weeks – Congrats! I’m honored that my recipes are playing a part in your success and I hope you enjoy the ham!

  3. flamidwyfe
    flamidwyfe04-12-2012

    Yummy! Sounds wonderful, definitely putting the ham on the menu!

  4. yousef
    yousef04-13-2012

    Yummy :)

    Thanks For this Recipe

  5. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free
    Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free04-13-2012

    This looks fabulous! I wish I would have seen this for Easter! Because that is my favorite flavor combo.

  6. Jenna Henschel
    Jenna Henschel07-29-2012

    I am pinning a ton of your recipes to try. I have been on the LC/GF lifestyle for about 3-4 months now and I am already getting bored. Your recipes look amazing and I can’t wait to try them out for myself! Keep them coming!

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)07-30-2012

      Thanks Jenna! I hope you enjoy the recipes – I know what you mean about looking for something new after a few months! It can be hard to stay the course when you are bored with all your old stand-by’s! Try the cauliflower puree – it’s one of my favorites!!!

  7. Leslie Kirchner
    Leslie Kirchner10-15-2012

    Finally a ham recipe without sweetness …..thank you thank you….

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny10-19-2012

      You’re welcome Leslie, this really was delicious, I need to make it again soon!

  8. Shannon
    Shannon04-01-2013

    Just made this for Easter yesterday and it was a BIG HIT! I did have to cook ham for about twice as long as recipe indicated, but it was well worth the extra time. Thank you!

  9. Kirstie
    Kirstie04-14-2014

    Hi Melissa,
    I just wanted to tell you that I have made this recipe about 8 times since you posted it, and love it EVERY TIME. This is the only way that I make ham now, and I even shared it with my mom, who usually does the sugary glaze recipe. She loves it too. Great job!

  10. Daniel
    Daniel05-16-2014

    Do you think that you could cook this ham in a pressure cooker instead?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-17-2014

      Sure, but it wouldn’t have the nice crust on the outside – still delicious though!

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