New Recipe – Mustard Garam Masala Ham

When I was asked to create a holiday recipe for Farmer John’s I was simultaneously excited and nervous, but completely up for the challenge. I had never cooked ham before, although I have eaten some amazing glazed ham in my life. I called my friends asking them for tips for making a yummy ham. I heard them all but the recipes were mostly sweet – clove infused glazed ham, honey glazed ham, maple syrup ham, pineapple ham, jiggery glazed ham – you name it!  I wanted to come up with a savory ham recipe for folks who don’t want the sweet ham, hence my inspiration for this recipe.

3 simple ingredients and an hour and half later (Tip: Bake ham for 15 minutes for every pound), I had a moist savory ham that the kids and hubby were fighting to get their hands on. It makes me very happy when I see my kids reaching up and grabbing new foods in our home.

I used Garam Masala in this recipe. Garam Masala is an spice that is used very commonly in Indian food. “Garam” means hot but it is not chili, it signifies the intensity of the spices. Garam Masala is a mixture of ground whole spices such as black and green cardamom, black pepper, cloves and cinnamon. You can buy it at your local Indian grocery store or major grocery stores.

New Recipe - Mustard Garam Masala Ham
  • 6 lbs of Ham
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 3 tbsp mustard
  • 7 garlic cloves
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place Ham in a roasting pan, fat side up.
  3. Make 2 sets of lines on the Ham in 2 directions. The first set should be diagonal and the second set of line should be the opposite diagonal line. The end result will be a diamond.
  4. Cut each garlic clove n 2-3 pieces. Add the garlic cloves in each cavity.
  5. Rub the Mustard/Garam Masala mixture on the ham.
  6. Put it in the oven and bake for hour and a half.


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