Christmas Ham

This is my mother's recipe. I have given it a twist by changing the juice flavor; peach is my favorite! I use 2 liters of juice (either peach, pineapple, or passion fruit). I change it every year. It's so good, everyone who has tasted it offers to pay me to cook theirs.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 whole ham

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 pound) bone-in ham

  • ½ cup Dijon mustard

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup whole cloves

  • 1 quart peach nectar

  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple rings, juice drained and reserved

  • 1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, juice drained and reserved

Directions

  1. Place ham into a large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer ham for 1 to 2 hours. Cut away and discard any rind and visible fat.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  3. Score the ham in a diamond pattern and place into a roasting pan. Stir Dijon mustard and brown sugar in a bowl until thoroughly combined; brush mustard mixture onto the ham. Press a whole clove into the center of each scored diamond shape. Pour peach nectar into the roasting pan. Combine pineapple and maraschino liquid in a small bowl.

  4. Bake ham in the preheated oven for 3 hours, basting frequently with the pineapple juice mixture and peach nectar.

  5. Arrange pineapple rings over the ham and secure with toothpicks. Secure a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring with a toothpick.

  6. Bake ham until browned, tender, and fragrant, 1 to 2 more hours, basting ham and fruit frequently with pineapple juice mixture and pan juices.

Cook's Note:

Coat left over slices with juices! They are even better next day! I personally cook it 2 days before Christmas, carve it, refrigerate with juices, and then just heat it again in the oven on Christmas Eve. It loses the presentation, but the taste is worth it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

607 Calories
30g Fat
43g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 607
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 2451mg 107%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 582mg 12%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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