Easter is upon us, which means big Easter dinners with the family where Ham is the dinner attraction! If you purchase a smoked ham then you are basically looking to bring out the flavor. At this point, you really do not need to do anything extravagant because the ham is already going to have a wonderful flavor.
Just a side note and complete tangent…last Easter right before dinner I came home thinking something was off with me. I decided to take a pregnancy test and guess what? I saw the faintest second line. So, as I sat at our family dinner that day, I could not even concentrate on the food or family, all I was thinking was next year we are going to have another baby sitting here with us! I can’t believe it’s been a year since that moment. Now, next Easter our little bundle of joy will be a toddler. Wow…time flies.
Now…back to the ham.
I was looking to enrich the flavor of the smoked ham I purchased and found an easy recipe for Simple Baked Ham on Cooking Light. This recipe uses apple juice and cloves to bring out a wonderful smokey, apple baked flavor. Not only is this ham delicious but your home will smell amazing.
The perfect way to bring guest over for dinner is to have this ham in your oven and that apple and cloves smell drifting through the air.
Do you have big plans for Easter? Is ham a staple for your Easter meal? I will also be sharing with you several ways to use leftover ham too! Stay tuned for those!
Now, let’s get on to this delicious recipe!
Enjoy this juicy, delicious ham!
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Simple Baked Ham
- 1 8 lb Fully Smoked Ham
- 2 Tsp Whole Cloves
- Cooking Spray
- 2 Cups Apple Juice Divided
- 2 Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 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. This part of the recipe will take some of the sodium out of the ham so that it does not have such a salty taste.
- 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.
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