Prep 25 mins
Cook 2 hrs
I just couldn't resist posting this one. If your a fan of sweet glazed ham this is certainly special enough for Christmas dinner, and it's even easy to do! It's from Martha Stewart.
- 7 lbs ham, rind removed
- whole cloves
- 1 lb dark brown sugar
- 1 (12 ounce) can Coca-Cola (not diet!)
- 1 (14 ounce) can pineapple rings, drained and juice reserved
- 1 cup sweet concord grape wine
- 10 -12 maraschino cherries
- fresh bay leaf, for garnish
- Heat oven to 325ºF.
- Using a sharp knife, score surface of ham crosswise and lengthwise, forming a crosshatch pattern about 1/4-in deep and 1-in apart.
- Place 1 clove in the center of each square. Place ham, fat side up, in a double-layer disposable aluminum roasting pan and pat the brown sugar onto the surface of the ham (Expect some sugar to fall into the roasting pan)
- Transfer to oven, and bake until brown sugar just begins to melt, about 30 minutes.
- Pour Coca-Cola over ham, mixing with melted sugar in bottom of roasting pan. Baste ham with sugar/Coke mixture.
- Return to oven, and bake for 20 minutes more.
- Meanwhile, combine 1 cup reserved pineapple juice and wine in a small bowl. Baste ham with pineapple mixture.
- Bake ham for a total of 16 minutes per pound, basting every 20 minutes. During the last 20 minutes of baking time, decorate ham with pineapple rings (use 2-3 toothpicks to hold each ring in place).
- Center a cherry in the center of each ring, and attach it with a toothpick.
- Transfer ham to a platter, removing all toothpicks. Garnish ham with fresh bay leaves if desired.
- Makes 10-12 servings.
Wonderful, tasty, moist ham, tastes just like you want to remember, but please remember not to eat the whole cloves. The Manischevitz Sweet Concord Grape wine was a surprise ingredient, but it accentuated the ham taste. Our Christmas gathering concluded that the 30 ounces of liquid ensured a moist ham and helped to desalt the ham as well. The recipe says it serves 10-12, but four 60-year-old-plus adults did not leave much as leftovers (ok, so we were all pigs, this was so good!). Thanks for posting this recipe, Annacia! Made for Photo Tag.
I watched the episode that Martha aired this recipe on. Preparing a Chrstmas/Easter dinner was never so easy. I've followed this recipe in lieu of turkey for either or both holidays for a family of four. There are plenty of left overs for sandwiches. The original recipe actually calls for a spiral sliced ham instead. I was skeptical about presliced ham thinking it would dry out quickly, But the continual basting alleviated this.
This does make for a sweeter ham than savory. I've also added a touch of dry mustard to cut the sweetness before and it does add round out the flavour quite nicely.
Hope this helps! Enjoy!
This was a wonderful recipe. I always love a sweet ham so I tried this for our Christmas dinner and was a huge hit! Thanks so much for posting this!