Take the stress out of cooking for a crowd with this easy-to-prepare ham.
1 (10-pound) smoked ham*
6 cups apple cider
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
- Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
- Remove skin from ham. Bake ham according to package directions or place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest portion of the meat. Cook approximately 15 to 20 minutes per pound.
- Thirty minutes before ham is done, remove from oven. Score surface lightly with a sharp knife. Remove half the drippings and reserve. Pour apple cider over ham and return to oven. Baste ham every 10 minutes until done.
- When ham is done (internal temperature should be 140°F), remove from oven and hold warm. Pour pan drippings into a medium saucepan. Add reserved drippings and simmer until reduced by half. Stir in cloves. Slowly stir in flour dissolved in water; cook until thickened. Serve sauce with sliced ham.
Makes 15 servings.
*Note: Directions are for a bone-in, fully cooked ham. Also called “ready-to-eat’” or “heat-and-serve” ham. A “cook-before-eating” ham must be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F (70°C), approximately 18 to 20 minutes per pound.