When it’s time to find the best recipe for a holiday ham, most new cooks will turn to the usual suspects: the Food Network, Epicurious.com, or—even faster—Google.
But there are great recipe websites that fly a little bit under the radar. Use these five sites to make the most of your Christmas ham, whether it’s the centerpiece of a feast or the filling for a fantastic breakfast quiche.

From Fine Cooking

From Fine Cooking

1. Fine Cooking

This magazine might fly under the radar a bit, but it’s a treasure trove of excellent recipes. On the website, find a fine-looking bourbon and orange glazed ham, another with cherry-pomegranate glaze, and a handy guide on how to choose a ham.

2. Donna Hay

Donna Hay is a cookbook author and food personality in Australia, so don’t feel like you should have heard of her if you don’t follow the Aussie food scene. Her recipe for a ham glazed with whiskey, marmalade, and mustard, studded liberally with cloves, looks like the holidays on a plate.

Harry and David's ham from Serious Eats

Harry and David’s ham from Serious Eats

3. Serious Eats

From Serious Eats

From Serious Eats


Perhaps known better for its taste tests and reviews of burgers and pizza, Serious Eats is a New York-based blog that translates easily to the rest of the country.
Start with the article about how to pick and cook a holiday ham (including, of course, taste-tester feedback). Then browse the site for recipes for everything from maple-glazed city ham to Southern-style country ham and biscuits. There’s even a column on what beer to drink with your ham.

4. Syrup and Biscuits

Who better to teach newbies how to make a fantastic, flavorful ham than the cooks in the South? Alabama native Jackie Garvin is the force behind this blog (which has the tagline “Sweet. Simple. Sustaining.”). She offers recipes for fresh ham (or a slow-cooker shoulder roast), baked and glazed ham, and a Swiss and ham pie she serves on Christmas Eve.

5. Tasty Kitchen

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Photo credit: Ree Drummond


Tasty Kitchen, which describes itself as “a cooking community,” is a great place to look when you’re ready to use leftovers (though there is a recipe for ham in a slow cooker, plus a homemade honey-baked ham that’s cheaper than the premade version, and probably better, too).
Check out the recipe for Hoppin’ John (if you eat it on New Year’s, it’s supposed to bring you luck!) and “Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond’s recipe for scalloped potatoes and ham.
When you are ready to carve and serve your Christmas Ham, check out How to Cook, Glaze and Carve a Holiday Ham for pointers from the pro’s!
Quick tip: Stay away from AllRecipes — the recipes aren’t vetted and can get an amateur into trouble. And a bonus! Portraits of all 44 presidents with ham. You’re welcome.
Merry Christmas!
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