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Glazed ham still a holiday favorite

This holiday ham is easy to prepare in a variety of intriguing ways. Not only will it impress your holiday guests, it will offer you and your family a variety of tasty leftover possibilities.
December 15, 2004 - For years, many a memorable family gathering has had ham as the focal point of the meal, whether it's a fancy dinner or a casual get-together.

The beauty of ham is in its simplicity. Its savory flavor, ease of preparation and ability to turn leftovers into delicious salads, sandwiches and soups have made it a holiday tradition for generations.

Today's ham can be used as a classic main dish or included in all-occasion recipes with delightful, contemporary twists.

Hams are available in a variety of different types at local grocery stores. It is recommended that a "premium" ham be selected when serving ham as the main dish or when it is a key ingredient in a recipe.

"Premium" means the meat has not been chopped and formed and does not contain added water. Premium, ready-to-eat hams are available in boneless and bone-in varieties.

Bone-in hams offer a deliciously distinct flavor and are available in whole and half sizes, providing two to three servings per pound.

Boneless hams are convenient to serve and are available in whole, half and quarter sizes, providing about four to five servings per pound. Both types also come in pre-sliced versions.

Ham is very versatile. Fully cooked, premium hams can be eaten cold or heated and served warm.

A glaze can be added. A glaze typically is a sweetened sauce that is spread over the ham toward the end of cooking. The glaze adds depth to the ham's flavor and gloss to the appearance.

This easy ham recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare and two hours to cook. It makes 12 servings.

Happy Holly Ham

With Glaze

1 half ham

1 can jellied cranberry

sauce (1 pound)

1 cup brown sugar

ľ cup orange juice

Ĺ teaspoon ground cloves

ľ teaspoon cinnamon

ľ teaspoon allspice

Bake ham according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine remaining in-gredients.

Heat slowly until smooth, beating with a wire whisk or rotary beater.

Thirty minutes before ham is done, remove from oven. Spoon one-half of glaze onto surface of ham. Continue baking. Serve ham with remaining glaze.

Nutrition per serving: 326 calories, 8 grams of fat, 29 grams of protein and 34 grams of carbohydrates.

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