Tasty Tuesday ~ the BEST Baked Ham
Baked Ham… LOVE it!! I really LOVE perusing the inter-webs and reading recipes and I figured I would spend a little time reading how others are baking their hams… sooooo glad I did – I can say now that I have (already had) the perfect combination of ingredients to make the most awesome Ham ever!!
This is an amazingly simple and delicious way to bake your ham, but certainly “fancy” enough for company (that is what my baby calls food we have with company – “fancy food”. It may be the use of REAL plates – LOL). * OMG – I somehow lost my close up picture of the ham… sorry, will replace as soon as I find it…
- ½ Stick of Butter
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar
- ¼ Cup Cherry Juice
- ½ Can Sliced Pineapple (about 10), a little juice
- About 10 Cherries
- 10 whole cloves
- ½ Can of 7-up or Ginger Ale
1. Preheat oven to 325*
2. Set the ham ‘cut side’ down on a cooking rack inside a pan…
3. Pour the 7-up or Ginger Ale over the Ham, slowly…everywhere… I don’t know how or why but this takes away all the “too salty -ness”
4. Soften the butter (makin’ Paula Dean proud!) then mix cherry juice, a couple tablespoons of pineapple juice and the brown sugar into it to create a paste, then rub the mixture into the ham
5. Use cloves to “stab” pineapple into ham, all around
6. Place a cherry in each pineapple center
7. Cover ham with foil, ‘tented’ over the pan…
8. Bake until heated through… Cooked hams average about 18 minutes/pound.
Notes – Uncooked ham must be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. Fully cooked ham should be heated to an internal temperature of 140°F.The ham should be allowed to stand at room temperature for 2 hours before cooking.
You can make a delicious gravy with these drippings… it is “red-ish” in color and sweeter than normal… but super yummy!!!
YUM… Sooo Delicious!!