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Ham.. done up pretty for Holidays and special celebrations.


Serves/Makes:6 or more

  • 1 12 lb (5.4 kg). semi-boneless ham, or larger
  • 1 16 oz (448 grm). bottle apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup (225 ml) brown sugar
  • 1 20 oz (560 grm). can pineapple slices, in own juice, drained and reserved
  • 1 10 oz (280 grm). jar maraschino cherries
  • whole cloves
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) brown sugar
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees (175 C.).
  • Score top of ham in a diamond pattern, making cuts about 1-inch apart and place ham in a baking dish or roaster.
  • Pour 1/2 cup (125 ml) vinegar over top of ham and place in oven. Bake for 1 hour, then pour additional 1/2 cup (125 ml) vinegar over ham.
  • Continue to pour additional vinegar over ham at 1-hour intervals until ham has baked a total of 4 hours.
  • Meanwhile, pour pineapple juice into a small saucepan.
  • Heat until it begins to simmer, then add 1/2 cup (125 ml) to 3/4 cup (175 ml) brown sugar.
  • Remove from heat and stir until sugar is dissolved and well blended.
  • Serve sauce with baked ham.
  • Remove ham from oven after baking 4 hours and pack brown sugar into the opened scored cuts on top of ham.
  • To decorate the ham, place 1 clove at each corner of scored cuts on top of ham.
  • Place pineapple slices to cover entire top and add 1 cherry to the center of each pineapple slice. You may need toothpicks to hold pineapple slices in place.
  • Baste top of ham with heated juice mixture and return ham to oven.
  • Raise oven temperature to 350 degrees (175 C.).
  • Baste ham at 30-minute intervals for the next 1 1/2 hours.
  • With a baster, remove and discard the liquid from bottom of baking dish as it accumulates.
  • Let ham set for 30 minutes before carving.
  • Remove pineapple slices and cherries and place on a serving platter as decoration surrounding slices of ham.
  • If a whole ham is used, begin carving at the small end.
You can leave the decorations on the ham and serve it whole with precooked slices around the whole ham for a stellar presentation.. and if you want LOTS of ham sandwiches!

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