Ham with Cherry Sauce

There's nothing better served for Easter or Christmas dinner or another springtime occasion than succulent baked ham. This recipe features a rub that adds flavor to a meat plus a delicious cherry sauce with a hint of almond.


8 to 10 servings


1 fully cooked bone-in ham (6 to 8 pounds)
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup cold water
1 (16 ounce) can pitted dark sweet cherries, undrained
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon almond extract


Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C).

Place ham in a roasting pan. Score surface of ham with shallow diagonal cuts, making diamond shapes. Combine the brown sugar, syrup and mustard; rub over ham and press into cuts.

Cover and bake for 1 3/4 to 2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 140°F (60°C) and ham is heated through.

For cherry sauce, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water until smooth. Add cherries. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice and extract. Serve with ham.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 2 hours

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving (4 ounces): Calories 557, Fat 26 g (Saturated Fat 9 g), Cholesterol 96 mg, Sodium 1,852 mg, Carbohydrate 46 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 34 g.

Recipe Courtesy Of

Lavonn Bormuth, Westerville, Ohio

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