Ahhhh….a Holiday Ham (what a special treat for Christmas/Easter!) ! I just love making a ham because it is super easy, looks beautiful, and the leftovers can be made into so many things (ham salad, omelets, ham sandwiches, etc). If you have been asked to host Christmas this year and are intimidated by making a ham, please let me ease your mind..it really is one of the simplest meats you can prepare! There is a small trick I use to make the of ham less salty and more sweet..I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!
|I purchased a half ham (this would serve about 10-12)|
|Start off by slicing the ham 1/4″ through diagonally one way and diagonally the other way to create a diamond pattern.|
|In a small bowl mix 1 cup of brown sugar with 2 tsp of cinnamon-set aside.|
|Place ham in a roasting pan and pour 1 liter of lemon-lime soda over top (this is a trick I learned that mellows the naturally salty flavor of the ham)|
|Then, pat the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture all over the ham trying to get into the slices as much as you can (this will not be perfect)|
|Bake in the oven uncovered for 40 mins and take out. (as you can see the slices opened a bit)|
|Drain the juice of 1 can of pineapple rings into a small bowl and mix in 1 cup of brown sugar|
|Pour over ham|
|Sick a cherry in the center of a diamond and hold in place with a tooth pick, then add a ring of pineapple around it..cover the top and the sides of the ham in this way|
|Bake covered for 1 1/2 hours. Every 20 mins or so ladle the juice mixture over top.|
|Ready to be carved. Take off the pineapple and cherries and set aside on your serving dish (they are a great accompaniment).|
1/2 boneless ham
1 liter of lemon-lime soda
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 can pineapple rings and juice
1 jar of cherries
Preheat oven to 400. Slice diamonds into ham and place in a roasting pan. Pour 1 liter of lemon-lime soda over top of ham. Mix 1 cup of brown sugar with 2 tsp of cinnamon and cover ham with this mixture. Bake uncovered for 40 mins and take out of oven. Open can of pineapple and pour juices out and stir with 1 cup of brown sugar, pour this mixture over ham. Stick a cherry into center of diamond fasten with a toothpick, place pineapple rings around cherry and toothpick, cover ham this way. Bake covered for 1 1/2 hours more remembering to ladle with juice from the bottom of roaster. Let sit for 15 mins before carving. Carve and serve along side of roasted pineapple and cherries
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Dedicated to my husband, Geoff Nehrenz!