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Holiday Ham Recipe

Holiday Ham Recipe

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 YIELD: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.

Nutritional Facts

7 ounce-weight: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein

Reviews for Holiday Ham

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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!"

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"Ham came out perfect will use again"

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

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

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!"

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!"

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"

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

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

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."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

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

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

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

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"Made this recipe 3 times now....always great response."

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"I made this ham while I was at my daughter's house in Alabama and it was a hit with my son-in-law."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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