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Simple Baked Ham

Yield 26 adult servings (serving size: about 3 ounces)
Because the seasonings are mild, this ham is good for dinner or breakfast. Soaking the ham in water draws out some of the sodium, leaving the ham less salty.


  • 1 (8-pound) 33%-less-sodium smoked, fully cooked ham half
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups apple juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Nutrition Information

  • calories 130
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 6.3 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 14.6 g
  • carbohydrate 3.5 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 52 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 819 mg
  • calcium 2 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place ham in a large Dutch oven or stockpot. Cover with water to 2 inches above ham; cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Drain; rinse well with warm water. Drain.

  2. Preheat oven to 325°.

  3. Trim fat and rind from ham. Score outside of ham in a diamond pattern; stud with cloves. Place ham, skin side down, on the rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Place rack in pan; pour 1 cup apple juice over ham. Cover ham loosely with foil. Bake at 325° for 2 1/2 hours, basting occasionally with remaining 1 cup apple juice.

  4. Remove ham from oven (do not turn oven off); uncover ham. Combine sugar and mustard; brush over ham. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 140°. Place ham on a cutting board; cover and let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

  5. for your toddler: Cut a small serving of ham into bite-sized pieces. Serve the pieces of ham with a fork or as finger food with side dishes.

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