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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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