Holiday Baked Ham
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- 7 lb
- ham, rind removed
- whole cloves
- (12 ounce) can coca-cola (not diet!)
- (14 ounce) can pineapple rings or enough to cover ham, drained and juice reserved (i always need at least 2 cans)
- 1 c
- sweet concord grape wine
- maraschino cherries
- fresh bay leaf, for garnish (optional)
1Heat oven to 325ºF.
2Using a sharp knife, score surface of ham crosswise and lengthwise, forming a crosshatch pattern about 1/4-in deep and 1-in apart.
3Place 1 clove in the center of each square. Place ham, fat side up, in a double-layer disposable aluminum roasting pan and pat the brown sugar onto the surface of the ham (Expect some sugar to fall into the roasting pan)
4Transfer to oven, and bake until brown sugar just begins to melt, about 30 minutes.
5Pour Coca-Cola over ham, mixing with melted sugar in bottom of roasting pan. Baste ham with sugar/Coke mixture.
6Return to oven, and bake for 20 minutes more.
7Meanwhile, combine 1 cup reserved pineapple juice and wine in a small bowl. Baste ham with pineapple mixture.
8Bake ham for a total of 16 minutes per pound, basting every 20 minutes. During the last 20 minutes of baking time, decorate ham with pineapple rings (use 2-3 toothpicks to hold each ring in place or cloves if they are long enough).
9Center a cherry in the center of each ring, and attach it with a toothpick.
10Transfer ham to a platter, removing all toothpicks and cloves. Garnish ham with fresh bay leaves if desired.