13 Easy Christmas 2017 Ham Recipes That Are Anything But Intimidating

One of the easiest ways to host a giant holiday dinner party is to make one giant ham for everyone to enjoy. I know cooking a whole ham sounds intimidating, but trust me — it shouldn't be. To prove it, here are some easy Christmas ham recipes that are sure to impress even the pickiest of aunties. Who knows, they might even ask to take a few slices home. That's when you know you've made it.

As is true with most holiday traditions, the Christmas ham is an evolution of a significantly earlier tradition. In Tudor, England, the grander homes would center their Christmas meals around a boar's head, according to The Spruce. The edible centerpiece was a holdover from the Germanic celebration of the Norse figurehead Freyr, aka the god of agriculture and fertility, who was often pictured with a boar. A blood sacrifice was believed necessary in order to ensure a good harvest the following fall; killing a boar became tradition. Today, the Christmas or "Yule" ham has taken the place of the boar's head.

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One of the best reasons to serve a Christmas ham is that leftovers often abound. Host a ham meal and you'll be eating well for at least a week. (If you're feeling like you're swimming in ham — my apologies for that image — this list also includes a host of ideas for post-Christmas brunch, weekday lunches, and what to do with that giant ham bone.)

Maple And Bourbon Gingersnap Crusted Ham

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If you're a fan of the sweet and savory combination, this Bourbon Gingersnap Crusted Ham packs a punch (and is super easy to pull off).

Smoked And Cured Picnic Ham

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Not only does this recipe for a Smoked and Cured "Picnic" Ham serve up a traditional, moist main dish, it also leaves you with cracklings, a ham bone and ham broth. It'll keep you healing soups all winter long.

Slow-Cooker Honey-Glazed Ham

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If your oven is busy with other things (namely, pies and biscuits), this Slow-Cooker Honey-Glazed Ham is the way to go.

Brown Sugar, Soy And Garlic-Glazed Ham

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Most hams come pre-baked, so the majority of your job revolves around glazing that bad boy until he's moist and extra flavorful. This Brown Sugar, Soy and Garlic-Glazed Ham packs a punch and only requires three ingredients (four if you include ~the ham~).

Baked Honey Ham

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Extra large fam? This Honey and Balsamic-Glazed Baked Ham easily feeds 15, with leftovers. Easy, breezy, beautiful baked ham.

Brown Sugar And Dijon Mustard-Glazed Ham

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The name of this Brown Sugar and Dijon Mustard-Glazed Ham includes literally all the necessary ingredients: brown sugar, whisked with dijon mustard. And ham, duh. Also you need an oven. But seriously, that's it.

Ham And Cheese Croissants

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As mentioned earlier, arguably the best part about hosting a ham dinner is that you'll be feasting for at least a week on high-quality leftovers. First up on your menu? These post-Christmas Ham and Cheese Croissants.

Ham And Egg Breakfast Quesadilla

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Or maybe these Ham and Egg Breakfast Quesadillas are more your speed. Definitely ideal for that Boxing Day hangover.

Black Forest Ham And Cheese Breakfast Casserole

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If you're really on top of things, you could even whip up this Black Forest Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole the night before and warm it in the oven for a really high-class brunch.

Ham Welsh Rarebit Sandwich

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You may have feasted on some ham-centric brunch dishes, but there's a good chance your leftovers still abound. Try this twist on a classic: Ham Welsh Rarebit Sandwich.

Monte Cristo

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Or this Monte Cristo sandwich, which is essentially a grilled cheese with ham and maple syrup. Sweet and savory and incredibly warming.

Slow-cooker Hambone Soup

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And now onto the ham bone, which lends itself to highly flavorful soups and stews. This Slow-Cooker Ham Bone Soup goes perfect with a loaf of crusty bread (and because of its restorative base of bone broth, is sure to help with even the nastiest of colds).

Ham Bone, Greens, And Bean Soup

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Ever read the children's book Stone Soup? This Ham Bone, Greens and Bean Soup is sort of like a real-life version. Toss in a bone, whatever beans and greens you can scrounge up from the bottom of your post-holiday fridge, fry up a little leftover bacon and ta-da! An incredibly flavorful soup.