Tired of the same old ham? QVC host and cookbook author David Venable ("In the Kitchen with David: QVC's Resident Foodie Presents Comfort Foods That Take You Home") likes to mix it up with some tweaks to traditional favorites.
"Like most holidays, Easter menus tend to be very traditional and filled with dishes deemed 'family classics,' " Venable said. "I love classics -- especially if they're any sort of comfort food classic. But every once in awhile, it pays to try a new recipe."
Cooks tend to shy away from new recipes for big occasions. But Venable urges some experimentation.
"It's the only way you'll find new favorites to add to your repertoire," he added. "Who knows? Maybe your family will like the new recipes better than the old!"
For Easter, Venable suggests Orange and Pineapple Glaze instead of the traditional brown sugar glaze. It can be prepared up to two days ahead of time. Keep the glaze refrigerated; reheat just before using.
Use the glaze on the ham during baking, then serve extra as a sauce at the table.
Orange and Pineapple Ham Glaze
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine the marmalade, honey, pineapple, orange juice, cloves and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
During the last 30 minutes of baking, brush the ham with glaze and return to the oven. Baste with more glaze if needed.