The Basics of ScoringGet the recipe for Mustard-Rosemary Ham
Scoring a ham not only looks pretty, it also allows any glaze you brush onto the ham during baking to penetrate and flavor the interior of the meat. You can score any type of ham, although it's not necessary for spiral-cut hams.
How to Score a Ham
Use a chef's knife to make diagonal cuts about 1 inch apart on the surface of the ham. Scoring is usually done in a diamond pattern to help make your ham more attractive.
Use Your Best Ham GlazeGet the recipe for Glazed Easter Ham
If desired, after scoring you can insert whole cloves into the ham for a showy studded look and extra flavor. It's easiest to poke them in where the cuts intersect. However, before inserting cloves, make sure the flavor will be compatible with the ham glaze you use.
Choose a Great GlazeGet the recipe for Brown Sugar- and Whiskey-Glazed Ham
Honey glaze for ham, maple-glazed ham, pineapple glaze for ham ... we have all those and more. If ham is going to be the star of your holiday meal, you'll want a delicious and simple glaze for ham to really make it shine. (And since you've scored your meat, the glaze can really infuse the meat with flavor.)
These recipes definitely deliver—be prepared for requests for your recipe!
More Tips for the Best Ham EverGet the recipe for Cherry-Stuffed Ham
It's not just about scoring and glazing (though both steps are crucial). Follow our tips and recipes below to help make your next holiday dinner absolutely unforgettable.