Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 15 mins
If you're reading this on a Friday and you're like me, you'll be in the grocery store tomorrow, so today I'll give you ingredients for a recipe for Sunday dinner. How about Aretha Franklin's Queen of Soul Ham? I got this recipe a few years ago when Aretha was on Martha Stewart, B.I. -- Before Incarceration :-P Aretha said on the show that soul can be a lot of things to a lot of folks -- it's a feeling. When you cook, you should put your soul into it -- people will taste the difference (trust me on this one). Now my notes on this one -- I'm giving you Aretha's original recipe for the whole bone-in ham; however, you can achieve the same effect with a couple of ham steaks on a Tuesday night in a shallow baking pan. Just eyeball all the ingredients, switch the whole cloves for clove powder and reduce the amounts of the remaining ingredients so you don't end up with a brown sugar fruit platter! Also -- I just could not put coconut on my ham. Eww... but if you like the idea, go for it! Oh -- and I used dark brown sugar. Light is for babies...lol!
- 1 (12 -14 lb) fully cooked bone-in ham
- whole cloves
- 1 (16 ounce) box light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 (8 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained
- 1 (12 ounce) ginger ale (golden is best if you can find it ( but pale is ok too)
- 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple rings
- baker's coconut (to garnish) (optional)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Using a paring knife, score the ham, creating a diamond pattern. Insert cloves into the corners of each diamond.
- Place the ham on a rack set in a 12 x 15-inch roasting pan. Cover loosely with foil, and bake until ham appears juicy, about 30 minutes.
- Place brown sugar and mustard in a medium bowl, and stir to combine.
- Gradually add ginger ale to brown sugar mixture until a pourable consistency is achieved; you may not need the whole can.
- Remove ham from oven and remove foil. Pour brown sugar mixture over ham. Make sure you coat the sides too.
- Cover ham with foil, return to oven, and cook for 1 hour, basting every 20 minutes.
- Remove foil for last 20 minutes.
- Remove ham from oven.
- Arrange pineapple rings and maraschino cherries in a docorative pattern on ham, securing them with toothpicks.
- Baste the fruit.
- Bake ham until fruit is heated through, 7 to 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle ham with coconut garnish, if desired.
This is the only recipe I will use. It makes the perfect nostalgic ham. My mom is a gourmet cook and after trying this recipe it is the only one that she will cook now too.
Great recipe. I have made this and saw the show when she was on Martha Stewart living