Baked Vermont Ham

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 1,415


1 (10-pound) ham, cooked and skinned
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons dark molasses
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger
whole cloves
bread crumbs

Basting Sauce:
1/2 cup ginger ale
1/2 cup fizzy cider
1/2 teaspoon ginger


The only skin that needs to be removed from my favorite ham is a piece around the shank. Yours may need more removed. Score the fat in diagonal lines about 3?4-inch apart, making diamonds. Mix sugar, molasses, and spices together and rub mixture into the surface of the ham. Press whole cloves into the intersections of scored lines. Sprinkle fine bread crumbs over the whole surface.

For Basting Sauce:
Mix ginger ale, cider, and extra ginger and pour mixture into a roasting pan. Place the ham on a rack in the roaster. Insert meat thermometer so that it touches neither fat nor bone. Set the pan into a preheated 200° oven. Baste ham twice during the first hour, then cover with aluminum foil and forget it until morning.

The next day the thermometer should register 165° and the ham should be a golden brown. If necessary, let it go on cooking until it reaches this stage. Set in a cool place but do not refrigerate it. Serve at room temperature.

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Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 1,415
Calories from Fat: 0

This Baked Vermont Ham recipe is from the Best of the Best from The Northeast Cookbook Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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