Simple Baked Ham

Randy Mayor
This easy baked ham recipe makes a great starring entrée for holiday meals.

Yield:

26 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 130
Caloriesfromfat 44 %
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 1.9 mg

Ingredients

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

Preparation

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.

Preheat oven to 325°.

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.

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.

Note:

Soaking the ham in water draws out some of the sodium so the ham won't taste too salty.

Alison Lewis,

January 2005