Cider-Baked Country Ham Recipe
This is the best ham I've ever made. I've served it often to family and friends, and each time I get requests for the recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 1 hour + standing YIELD:16-20 servings
- 1/2 bone-in fully cooked ham (5 to 7 pounds)
- 2 quarts apple cider or apple juice
- 1-1/2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
- 1 bay leaf
- Whole cloves
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
- 2 teaspoons ground mustard
- 1. Place ham in a Dutch oven or large kettle. Add cider, peppercorns and bay leaf. Add enough water just to cover; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
- 2. Drain, reserving 3 cups cooking liquid; discard peppercorns and bay leaf. Remove skin from ham if desired; score the surface with shallow cuts, making diamond shapes. Insert whole cloves in the center of each diamond. Combine applesauce, horseradish and mustard; rub over ham.
- 3. Place ham on a rack in shallow roasting pan; pour reserved liquid into pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer reads 140°. Remove from the oven; cover with foil and let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Yield: 16-20 servings.
1 serving (1 slice) equals 278 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 59 mg cholesterol, 1,537 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 22 g protein.
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