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How to Bake Ham in Convection
Traditional recipes recommend covering the ham which is already cooked with foil to prevent drying during the heating process, then removing the foil towards the end of the cooking and brushing the ham with a glaze to add a little pizazz to the ham.
If your oven features a Convection Mode (not Convection Bake or Convection Roast), it means that the heat is only generated from the Convection element surrounding the fan and will evenly heat the food from the edge to the core. Using this mode you can safely heat the ham without any foil and cook other dishes at the same time.
1 Baked ham
Heat the oven to 300 degrees in the Convection Mode. Place the ham on a rack in a shallow pan and add ½ cup of water or stock to the pan. This will prevent any sugar in the glaze from sticking to the pan and burning. Allow 10 minutes per pound to heat the ham or use the oven meat probe programmed to 130 degrees. Estimate the cooking time and add the glaze for the last 15 minutes of cooking.
Combi Steam Method
Heat the oven to 300 degrees in the Combination Convection Steam Mode. Place the ham on a rack in a shallow pan and add ½ cup of water of stock to the pan. Allow 10 minutes per pound to heat the ham or use the oven meat probe programmed to 130 degrees. Estimate the cooking time and add any glaze for the last 15 minutes of cooking.
Convection Bake Method
The Convection Bake mode engages the top and bottom heating elements and the fan circulates the heat; however, because that direct heat will have a drying effect on the ham it is important to keep it covered until you add the glaze.
Spiral Sliced ham should always be heated in foil otherwise it will dry out.
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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots
Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.
In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.
1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs
1 - bunch fresh sage leaves
¾ - cup olive oil
1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
2 - cups tangerine juice
2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed
2 - cups, packed light brown sugar
1 - cup water
½ - teaspoon whole cloves
2 - cinnamon sticks
1 ½ - lbs baby carrots
Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.
Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan.
Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep.
Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.
Bake for 2 hours.
Combine the butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.
Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.
Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.