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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Party Perfect Ham

My beautiful mother in law with the ham I made a couple years ago for Thanksgiving.

This is our staple meat for Christmas and Easter. This ham is delicious and flavorful with a trademark sweetness. It also has a really fun presentation which makes it a colorful addition for your holiday spread.


  • 1 fully cooked boneless ham, about 10 pounds
  • Whole cloves
  • 1 can (12 oz.) Ginger Ale (or beer, your choice)
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons dry mustard (I've used wet in a pinch and it works!)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestshire sauce
  • 1 can (1 lb.) pineapples round sliced (drain)
  • Candied red maraschino cherries
  • Red seedless grapes
  1. Place ham on rack in shallow roasting pan. Score ham in a diamond pattern with a sharp knife. Insert a whole clove in the center of each diamond and pour your ginger ale (or beer) over the ham.
  2. Roast in oven at 325 degrees or until diamonds begin to open up.
  3. Combine brown sugar, mustard, apple juice and Worcestshire sauce in a small saucepan; heat to bubbling.
  4. Spoon part of mixture over ham; arrange pineapple slices on top and spoon more glaze over.
  5. Roast 30 minutes longer spooning remaining glaze over, or until ham is fully heated.
  6. Place ham on serving platter and insert cherries in pineapple slices. Garnish platter with bunches of grapes.
** I like to add another can of pineapple slices to serve alongside the ham because it's really delicious to eat together.

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