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Cider-Baked Country Ham

 Cider-Baked Country Ham
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.
16-20 ServingsPrep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 1 hour + standing


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Nutritional Facts: 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.