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Blackberry-Mustard Glazed Ham

Yield 20 servings (serving size: 3 ounces ham and about 2 teaspoons sauce)
This classic recipe will be well received at all of your holiday gatherings; try it with any flavor of fruit preserves you enjoy. Adorn the platter with fresh blackberries, apple slices, oregano, and flat-leaf parsley.

Ingredients

  • 1 (5-pound) 33%-less-sodium smoked, fully-cooked, bone-in ham half
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 (13-ounce) jar blackberry preserves
  • 1 (7.3-ounce) jar whole-grain Dijon mustard

Nutrition Information

  • calories 185
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 5.6 g
  • satfat 1.6 g
  • monofat 2.3 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 18.3 g
  • carbohydrate 14.8 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 45 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 1011 mg
  • calcium 15 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Trim fat and rind from ham. Score outside of ham in a diamond pattern. Place ham on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.

  3. Combine juice, preserves, and mustard in a medium bowl, stirring until well combined. Set aside half of preserves mixture.

  4. Bake ham at 350° for 1 1/2 hours or until a thermometer registers 140°, basting with half of preserves mixture every 20 minutes. Remove ham from oven. Place ham on a platter; cover and let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

  5. Place reserved preserves mixture in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Cook until reduced to 1 cup (about 15 minutes). Serve sauce with ham.

  6. Wine note: Smoked ham is a wine challenge--the dominance of the smoke usually ends up making wine taste like water. But one part of the world has a lot of experience pairing ham and pork with wine, and that's the Alsace region of France. With a ham dish as complex as this one, opt for one of the most dramatic wines from Alsace: a dry muscat. Domaine Weinbach's Muscat Réserve 2003 ($38) is one of the best and dramatic enough to match this ham. Its exuberant fruity flavors must be experienced to be believed. -KM