Whether you’re entertaining or just looking for an easy dinner with great leftovers – this 5 ingredient maple dijon ham is for you. Bonus: SLOW COOKER. Totally hands-off!
This post is sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council & Ohio Pork Council.
You know what kind of meals I love? Five ingredient meals. Bonus points for the slow cooker. Spend ten minutes making this baby and you’re all set for dinner. You can spare ten minutes before you get the kids off to school – I know you can!
E started Pre-K last week so I’ve been slowly trying to get back into the school routine. Actually, not so slow. One day I wasn’t in the school routine and the next day I was.
But we’re doing okay! I get up at least an hour before I get the kids up. I use the time to work, eat breakfast, and drink a cup of coffee in the quiet house before the morning hustle begins. It keeps me sane and it helps the morning go so much more smoothly. Since I’ve already eaten breakfast by the time the kids wake up, I can focus on other things while they enjoy their breakfast.
So, I run upstairs, wake the kids up, get them dressed, and brush their hair. We go downstairs, I throw their breakfast on the table while they put napkins and silverware out. While they eat, I unload the dishwasher or finish up a little social media work if I need to. It would be easy to carve out a measly ten minutes to prep this maple dijon ham and set the slow cooker up to do its thing.
If you can’t tell, I’m a type-A girl. The routine works for us, and it slightly limits the number of times I have to say, “Let’s hustle!”
Super easy meals like this one aren’t just for moms who have toddlers. I loved meals like this when I was working full-time as a physical therapist. There aren’t many things better than coming home to a house that already smells of a home-cooked dinner. And I can imagine when the kids are older, I’ll still lean on easy slow cooker meals like this one before hustling off to sports games or choir concerts or whatever the kids may be interested in.
To prep this ham, you do two things. First, line up spoons next to the ham and cut it into slices down to the spoons. If you’ve ever made hasselback potatoes, it’s similar to the method you use to make those. If you happen to slice all the way through the ham, it’s totally fine.
Why slice it? One, it makes for a pretty presentation to have the ham still intact but sliced. Two, the maple dijon glaze can make contact with every slice, ensuring the flavor is there in every bite.
PS: This is great for entertaining, too!
- 1/2 boneless ham (2.5-3 pounds)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons coarse ground Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- Lay ham on cutting board. Place two wooden spoons on either side of it and cut through ham to spoons, making slices that don’t go all the way through.
- Place ham, sliced side up, in slow cooker.
- Mix together maple syrup, Dijon mustard, brown sugar and cloves in a small bowl. Pour this mixture over ham, trying to get as much between the slices as you can.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until heated through, basting with sauce (spoon it over the top) every 1-2 hours.
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Husband’s take: Hates the photos, loves the ham. Ha! He thinks the plate (it’s Feista!) looks like a plastic grocery store tray. Like the kind you buy a rotisserie chicken on. I can’t make this stuff up.
Changes I would make: None! No way.
Difficulty: FIVE INGREDIENTS. Slow cooker. Pretty dang easy.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council & Ohio Pork Council. Pigs eat a lot of soybeans as part of a quality diet. A quality diet helps make a quality product – pork. And we love pork! I have been compensated for the time required to develop this recipe and write this post. Thanks for supporting Rachel Cooks by reading about brands, products, and food I love and use in my own kitchen.