Holiday Ham Recipe
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Holiday Ham Recipe

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When I was a young girl, ham make appearances at all of our holiday dinners. The old-fashioned flavor reminds folks of Grandma's kitchen. —Betty Butler, Union Bridge, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:18-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 18-20 servings


  • 1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple
  • 1/2 spiral-sliced fully cooked bone-in ham (8 to 10 pounds)
  • 2/3 cup maraschino cherries
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt


  1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Secure pineapple and cherries to ham with toothpicks. Combine brown sugar and seasoned salt; rub over ham. Gently pour pineapple juice over ham.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 140° and ham is heated through. Baste frequently with brown sugar mixture. Yield: about 18-20 servings.
Originally published as Holiday Ham in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p163

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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cookiemonster11 User ID: 7934063 215928
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"The best ham recipe I have ever tried! This is a keeper....from now on, this is the ham I will serve every Christmas! Thank you!"

donnamartinez53 User ID: 7994666 215880
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"Ham came out perfect will use again"

ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 130002
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"Very delicious. Received rave reviews from those who are "picky about ham"."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 52020
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"I didn't use a spiral ham, but I don't think it mattered. Turned out moist and very flavorful. Will never use the flavor packets that come with certain ham, this glaze was so easy. Impressive!"

Carolshene User ID: 4645873 204620
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"This ham was amazing! I didn't use the cherries and instead of rubbing with the sugar and salt I mixed the pinneaple juice with it and poured it over the ham. I also basted once every 30 minutes during cooking. Loved it!"

Veronak User ID: 6435040 34101
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"I made this ham for Easter and it was great. But I must say this, I bought a spiral ham which came with a glaze so I followed the recipe exactly and added the glaze that came with it. My family and friends loved it"

pinklady628 User ID: 6262337 75240
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Had people that dont like ham, try it and came back for seconds! Awesome recipe."

dilbert098 User ID: 3743376 33816
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

"not sure if I ha a "spiral-sliced" ham, but this recipe was delicious. I usually don't like ham but this cut down on its usual salty flavour. thanks for sharing would serve to a crowd. two thumbs up."

jsouba User ID: 1788691 33810
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"So good! Had caramelized layer because of the brown sugar. Was a huge hit with the family!"

EudeanBrown User ID: 4275702 39554
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"My family has enjoyed this for about the last forty years. This is our favorite for every occassion."

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