Roasted Ham with Herb Marinade and Creamy Asparagus Sauce

Roasted Ham with Herb Marinade and Creamy Asparagus Sauce


Serve this elegant roast with such spring vegetables as small new potatoes (steamed in their skins, and tossed with chives and butter) and glazed baby carrots.


  • 8 pounds fully cooked bone-in ham
  • 750 milliliters white wine (such as Pinot Grigio, or apple juice, or omit marinade from recipe)
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup shallots (and 1/3 cup shallots, finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (coarsely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon (coarsely chopped, or 2 teaspoons dried and 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, minced, or 3/4 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (coarsely chopped and 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, minced)
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 pounds asparagus (woody stems trimmed off and discarded)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 1/3 cups chicken broth (reduced-sodium)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 nutmeg (gratings of fresh)


  1. 1Score a diamond pattern into the ham, about 1/3 inch deep. Place the ham, flat side down, in a large oven roasting bag. In a large bowl, whisk wine, oil, sliced shallots, garlic, mustard, coarsely chopped tarragon and parsley, and peppercorns together to combine. Pour into the bag and close securely with a rubber band. Insert the bag with the ham into the second bag and twist the bag closed. Place in a large bowl. Refrigerate, turning occasionally, for at least 12 and up to 18 hours.
  2. 2Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Position the rack in the lower third of the oven.
  3. 3Line the bottom of a shallow roasting pan with aluminum foil.
  4. 4Remove ham from bags; discard marinade. Place the ham, flat side down, in the pan. Roast until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F, 15 to 18 minutes per pound total cooking time. Remove ham from oven, transfer to a cutting board, and let rest 10 minutes.
  5. 5For Creamy Asparagus Sauce: Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add asparagus and cook just until tender but still bright green, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain again. Set the asparagus aside.
  6. 6In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add finely chopped shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle in flour, stir well, and let bubble without browning for 1 minute. Gradually stir in broth and cream, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often until lightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
  7. 7In two batches, using a blender with the lid ajar, purée asparagus with about 1 cup of the shallot sauce. Stir the purée back into the saucepan, and then stir in minced tarragon and parsley. Then season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cover and keep sauce warm over low heat. (The sauce can be cooled, covered, and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat in a saucepan or microwave oven before serving.)
  8. 8Slice ham and serve with sauce.
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NutritionView more



Calories890Calories from Fat550
Total Fat61g94%
Saturated Fat20g100%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat550
Total Carbohydrate9g3%
Dietary Fiber1g4%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.