I’ve been cooking our holiday hams this way since 1998. The sweet-salty combo is irresistible, and the constant basting delivers an incredibly moist, juicy ham.
BTW, the sweet potato dish can be found at Sweet Potato Casserole. Find the turkey at Sara Moulton’s Roast Turkey and Gravy.
From the Martha Stewart Living t.v. show, where it was called Aunt Naomi’s Easter Ham
1 7-9-lb. Smithfield Easy Karv Ham, rind removed (Over the years, I have used many different sizes and brands, and all except spiral-sliced ones do fine. Also, do not skip removing the rind because the ham will not be as sweet and moist as it could be because the basting liquid won’t permeate the pig as well.)
1 lb. dark brown sugar
1 12-oz. can Coca-Cola
1 14-oz. can pineapple rings, drained and juice reserved (I only use pineapple rings if we have guests; most of the time, I use a 6-oz. can of pineapple juice.)
1 cup sweet Concord grape wine
10-12 maraschino cherries (Again, I only do these to decorate the ham in honor of guests.)
fresh bay leaves. for garnish (Again, only for guests.)
1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Using a sharp knife, score the surface of the ham crosswise and lengthwise, forming a crosshatch pattern about ¼-inch deep and 1 inch apart. Place one clove in the center of each square.
2. Place ham, fat side up, in a double-layer disposable aluminum roasting pan. Pat the brown sugar onto the surface of the ham. (Expect some sugar to fall into the pan.) Transfer the ham to the oven, and bake until the brown sugar just begins to melt, about 30 minutes.
3. Pour the Coca-Cola over the ham, mixing with the melted sugar in the bottom of the pan. Baste ham with the sugar mixture, then return the ham to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, combine the pineapple juice and the wine in a small bowl. Baste the ham with this pineapple mixture every 20 minutes. (I also baste with the pan drippings.)
5. Bake the ham for 16 minutes per pound, basting every 20 minutes.
6. During the last 20 minutes of cooking time, decorate the ham with pineapple rings. Use 2-3 toothpicks to hold each ring in place. Center a cherry in each ring and secure with a toothpick. And of course, remove all these tiny pieces of wood before serving!
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