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A big Spiral Ham is one of the easiest crowd pleasers to serve anytime of the year.  It takes minimal effort to prepare as it is already cooked.  All that is needed is to wrap it in a blanket of foil and reheat it in the oven.  Another easy method is to put it in a turkey roasting bag to reheat, which is what we used.

Spiral Ham on a plate
Heat and serve….Spiral Ham

The annual Christmas party for our Tuesday night small-group bible study was last week and Don and I hosted it at our house.  I provided a spiral ham for the main entrée as well as some roasted, room temperature asparagus and the rest of the group brought the potatoes, biscuits, salads, and desserts. 

How We Prepared Our Spiral Ham:

This spiral ham weighted just a tad over 10 pounds and although the directions said to roast it at 275°F for 12 minutes per pound, I have found that 6 minutes per pound heats it completely and results in a moister ham.  I popped it into a large turkey roasting bag and put it in the oven at 275°F and roasted it for 50-minutes. 

Next, I removed it from the oven, opened up the bag, pushing it down around the sides and put a ginger preserve glaze on the ham.  Another quick ten-minutes at 350°F crisps up the glaze and….Voilà.! it is ready to serve.

Spiral Ham sliced
Heat and serve….Spiral Ham

I let it rest for 10 minutes before carving off the slices. 

It carves up fairly easily just by cutting around the bone with a sharp knife and then removing the slices where the fat separates from the meat. 

Everyone in our group is all about the same age which adds to the fun.  We always have a good time together whether it is a weekly bible study or just a social event.  

Recently, we met at a restaurant for dinner; then we went to the local symphony together to seeThe Messiah & Tchaikowsk.    It was my first time to see this play other than parts of it on television and I enjoyed it very much.  

Two Spiral Ham slices on a plate with potatoes and asparagus
Spiral Ham

The Reason for the Season:

This is such a special time of the year and the older I get the more meaningful and special it becomes.   That could be because we are now “empty nesters.”   

Our focus has now shifted to the real reason for Christmas and the great gift that God gave us by sending Jesus.   “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.  John 3:16 (NKJV)

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Spiral Ham

Spiral Ham

A spiral ham with a ginger preserve glaze makes for a festive holiday entrée. Just reheat, carve and serve.
4.85 from 44 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 -15 servings
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Pat Nyswonger


  • 1 (10 pound) spiral ham
  • 6- ounce jar of ginger preserves or glaze of your choice


  • Place the ham, cut-side-down, on heavy-duty aluminum foil and wrap the ham thoroughly. Or use an oven roasting bag.
  • Bake in a preheated 275°F oven for 6 minutes per pound.
  • To glaze the ham, remove the ham from the oven after it has baked for 50 minutes, increase the oven temperature to 350°F and brush the top of the ham with the ginger preserves or your choice of glaze.
  • Return it to the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Let stand at room temperature before serving.


If you are using the package of glaze mix that is provided with the ham, simply follow the instructions on the package.


Serving: 6ounces | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1478mg | Sugar: 3g

Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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