Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Spicy Autumn Ham

This is the ham we often make for holidays, with so many activities and demand for the oven this is a great recipe that’s super tasty and easy to prepare. It’s not overly spicy but rich, flavorful and easy to make.

1 TBL whole cloves
4 - 5 lb. picnic ham
1 teaspoon whole or ½ teaspoon ground all spice
2 sticks cinnamon
Apple cider or juice

Optional: cornstarch to make glaze.

Insert cloves into fat layer around edge of ham rind. Place in a large Dutch oven (or crock pot*). Add cider to cover, all spice and cinnamon sticks. Cover; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer 2 hours or until tender. Remove ham to platter. If desired, thicken 2½ cups of juice ham has been cooking in with 2 TBL cornstarch dissolved in 2 TBL of cold water. Heat until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Serve over sliced ham.

*If made in a crock pot be sure to leave in for about 4 or 5 hours so the ham cooks all the way through.

Yields: 8 - 10 servings

This came out of a small paperback cookbook that my Mom bought back in the 70's... not sure who published it but it's been an enduring classic in our family ever since.

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