Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Cola-Baked Ham with Cherry-Orange Glaze

1 fully cooked (4-5 pound) ham
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 regular bottle of regular cola
3/4 cup cherry preserves
juice squeezed from 2 largish oranges

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Trim rind and excess fat from the ham, leaving a 1/4 inch thick layer of fat.  
  • With a sharp knife, score the fat in a diamond pattern.
  • Place the ham in a roasting pan and sprinkle with the allspice.
  • Pour the cola into the pan and bake uncovered total time about an hour and 15 minutes.
  • Bast every 15 minutes with the pan juices.
  • Once the ham is in the oven, in a medium saucepan, combine the cherry jam, orange juice and cook over medium meat until everything is melted and combined.
  • Remove the ham from the oven and brush the top and sides with the cherry glaze.
  • Return the ham to the oven and bake, brushing with pan juices and glaze every 15 minutes.
  • Tent the ham with foil if browning too quickly.
  • Remove the ham from oven and let rest for 30 minutes before slicing.