Maple Glazed Holiday Vegan Ham Recipe - SunnysideHanne (2024)

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Save a piggy! Make this clove studded, maple glazed, vegan seitan ham roast this Holiday!

If you are looking for a centerpiece for your vegan holiday table this is it folks. Place this Vegan Ham roast on your favorite platter decorated withcharred pineapple and orange slices and studded with cloves. It looks stunning. It smells amazing and it tastes Divine. Take a moment to watch it glow in the candlelight and then dive right in! Each slice of thisVegan Ham Roast is salty, sweet, smoky, toothsome and tangy.

I was inspired to make a vegan ham roast after I got so many delighted comments from my readers on this Smokey Vegan Maple Bacon recipe.

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Newborn piglets learn to run to their mothers’ voices and to recognize their own names. Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.

– Peta

Have you ever cuddled a piglet?

Imagine a squirming velvet bundle with pale pink skin, translucent sea shell ears and limpid trusting eyes that lock on yours like a human infant’s. This little piglet gazes into your eyes and as you croon non-sense lullabies her body relaxes, her eyes blink slowly closed and her snuffling snout puffs warm air onto your cheeks. And she sleeps trustingly in your arms. When wakes she’ll wriggle free to play with her siblings or nurse her Mama’s thick rich milk.

Why visit a Farm Sanctuary?

For me it broke my heart and healed it in one sun splashed afternoon. My dear friend Alison took us to visit the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary a couple of years ago. Her dear, delightful, incomparably beautiful sister Nancy hosted us at her traditional Bed and Breakfastthat is near to the sanctuary and fed us some of the best Vegan food around.

Meeting the animals and hearing the stories of their rescues opened all of our hearts. I felt particularly close to this dear hen who trustingly ate green grapes from my hand and let me stroke her silky feathers:

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and my hubby bonded with this charmer of a pig:

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Pigs snuggle close to one another and prefer to sleep nose to nose. They dream, much as humans do. In their natural surroundings, pigs spend hours playing, sunbathing, and exploring. …pigs, like humans, enjoy listening to music, playing with soccer balls, and getting massages.” – Peta

When you sit at the table on Easter and your relatives and friends poke and prod you about why you are Vegan tell them the story ofSweet “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, who now lives at the Iowa Farm Sanctuary.

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At just 21 days old, Molly was loaded onto a massive semi trailer with hundreds of other piglets and taken to a facility to be fattened up for slaughter. While the other piglets were pushed off the truck at the facility, Molly hid and went unnoticed. . While flooding the truck whith water to clean it, Molly floated out and was discovered, nearly drowned, and saved by an employee.

You can check on Molly’s progress on the Iowa Farm Sanctuary FB page, watch videos of the jokester Molly had become and donate to their worthy cause this Easter in the name of the voiceless piggies that aren’t rescued in time.

Seitan Satay with Spicy Peanut dipping sauce is an easy beginner seitan recipe. Maple Glazed Holiday Vegan Ham Recipe - SunnysideHanne (7)

A reader last week commented that I could use my Smokey Seitan Bacon as a ham recipe. I agree! And here it is.

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Maple glazed Vegan Ham Recipe for the Holidays

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

1 hr

A make ahead Vegan seitan ham roast that makes for the perfect centerpiece on the plant based table. Brushed with a smokey maple syrup glaze and studded with cloves it is beautiful, delicious and cruelty free!

Course:Main Course



Servings: 6 people


Smokey Sweet Maple Glaze

Caramelized Pineapple and Orange slices, optional

  • 1pineapple cored and sliced into rings
  • 2navel oranges sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1/3cupclovesfor garnish, optional



  1. Mix up all the ingredients to your glaze and set aside. It will be strongly flavored. Play with the balance of flavors to your own taste.

Vegan Ham Roast

  1. Heat your oven to 350 Fahrenheit.

    In a large bowl stir together the dry ingredients (the first 7 ingredients) until combined.

    In another bowl stir together all the the wet ingredients (tahini trough vegetable broth) until smooth.

  2. Pour the wet into the dry and stir until a dough forms. I like to do my kneading in the stand mixer with a dough hook but you can knead it by hand as well. If you re using the stand mixer the place the dough in the stand mixer and allow it to knead with the dough hook for 6 minutes on medium speed. I think the texture is much better when I use the stand mixer. It makes for a denser loaf.

    If you are kneading by hand then you will need to knead for 10 minutes until the dough is super dense and rubbery.

  3. Here is how I got my ham shaped vegan ham. I rolled my seitan dough into a ball and placed it on a square of plastic wrap. I then enclosed it and pulled the plastic tight around it until it was a smooth roast like soap. I then removed it from the plastic, brushed it with 1 tablespoon of the marinade and wrapped it tightly in aluminum foil. The dough will try to expand during baking and I find the more I constrict its "rise" the denser and toothsome the final texture.

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  4. Bake for 50 minutes at 350, turning every 15 minutes to ensure even baking. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. You can store it at this point wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  5. Once completely cool, score the outside of your Vegan ham into a diamond pattern with a sharp knife and insert a clove into the center of each diamond. See photo. Place the roast on a baking pan and surround with sliced pineapples and oranges. Brush with glaze.

  6. Bake 15 minutes at 375 Fahrenheit brushing with glaze as often as possible until fully heated. If you desire a brown exterior the place under the broiler on high for 4-5 minutes. Serve with any extra glaze.

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Maple Glazed Holiday Vegan Ham Recipe - SunnysideHanne (2024)


What is maple ham made of? ›

Now this recipe is a super easy, classic baked holiday ham with the most incredible maple, brown sugar glaze. All you need is 6 ingredients for this glaze: maple syrup, brown sugar, Dijon, orange zest, fresh rosemary and black pepper. That's it. It's a super short ingredient list.

What is the honey glaze made of on ham? ›

But desserts aren't the only option for this glaze. Use it to finish off a honey-baked ham for that last hit of honey sweetness. Making it is as simple as bringing just three ingredients to a simmer—honey, light brown sugar, and butter.

What is the healthiest ham to buy? ›

Choose Uncured Options

Lots of ham choices exist at the store. You'll find glazed honey hams, brown sugar cured hams, and other options that are loaded with salt and sugar. Choose uncured options instead. These are usually marked as fresh and are more organic choices that you can season later as you desire.

Do you cook the ham before you glaze it? ›

The idea is to wait until the ham is almost fully heated, then add the glaze as one of the last steps. You don't want to add it too early or the sugars in the glaze could cause it to burn, and you don't want to add it too late or you won't get that caramelized coating.

What is a substitute for orange juice in ham glaze? ›

If you don't have any OJ on hand or simply don't want to use it, you can replace it with orange concentrate or orange extract combined with water. If you have an allergy and don't want to use orange at all, you can always try replacing it with apple cider, pineapple juice, or even apple cider vinegar.

What can you use instead of honey in ham glaze? ›

If the honey you're replacing is in a sauce, a glaze or marinade for meat or vegetables, use maple syrup in its place. It'll act in much the same way, even if it changes the flavor of the dish a bit.

What is honey maple ham? ›

Maple & Honey Unite

COLUMBUS® Maple Syrup & Honey Ham is made from cuts of pork and are marinated in a rich maple syrup and honey glaze, then slow-roasted to create our signature maple syrup & honey ham.

What is the main ingredient in ham? ›

Ham is the cured leg of pork. Fresh ham is an uncured leg of pork. Fresh ham will bear the term "fresh" as part of the product name and is an indication that the product is not cured. "Turkey" ham is a ready-to-eat product made from cured thigh meat of turkey.

What is the tastiest ham in the world? ›

The Five Best Cured Hams in the World
  • Jambon de Bayonne. The area surrounding the city of Bayonne in southeast France has a tradition of curing ham dating back centuries. ...
  • Jamón Ibérico. ...
  • Culatello di Zibello. ...
  • Istarski pršut. ...
  • Prosciutto di San Daniele DOP.


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