Dress Up Your Holiday Ham with The Kitchen's 2 New Recipes

Learn new ways to transform your holiday ham.
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Smithfield ham paired with Geoffrey Zakarian's Fig Chutney and Collard Salad with Hazelnuts, Pecorino and Mustard Vinaigrette is seen on the set of Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 8.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Unlike Thanksgiving, when it's all but assumed that a glistening turkey will be headlining your feast, the December holidays leave room for interpretation when it comes to the star of your table. Turkey makes repeat appearances, but we also see impressive beef rib roasts, grilled lamb, seafood and, of course, classic ham. Though many hams are sold precooked and require little more than reheating in the oven, a simple glaze can boost the flavor, as can complementary side dishes and the way you plate the meat. That's where this morning's all-new episode of The Kitchen comes in. Geoffrey Zakarian and Jeff Mauro shared creative twists on the traditional slice-and-serve ham. See what they did to dress up this seasonal staple with their recipes below.

Instead of opting for just a bit of mustard to accompany his ham, GZ offers a duo of sides to add next-level taste and texture to the dish. Similar to the traditional glaze that gets slicked across the ham, Geoffrey's Fig Chutney boasts subtle sweetness, which he balances with the heat of a pinch of cayenne pepper and the richness of fresh red wine. To round out the meal, his Collard Salad with Walnuts, Pecorino and Mustard Vinaigrette is an easy, no-cook salad that comes together in mere minutes. If you've never before served collard greens raw, Geoffrey notes in his recipe, "The acid [in the vinaigrette] will break down the leaves a bit and tenderize them."

A biscuit sandwich using Jeff Mauro's Super Fine Pork Slaw and Smithfield ham is seen on the set of Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 8.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

In true Sandwich King fashion, Jeff piles ham between a two halves of a biscuit and adds layer upon layer of flavor in the form of sandwich toppings. Laced with two kinds of cabbage and crisp peppers, his Super Fine Pork Slaw is dressed with a sweet and tangy mustard vinaigrette. And for the all-important spread to this sandwich, Jeff creates a Creamy Buttermilk Honey Mustard, featuring bold garlic and fresh dill.

Tune in to The Kitchen on Saturdays at 11a|10c.

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