Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday's Recipe


RECIPE (12-15)
Fully cooked, spiral-sliced ham (4-5 lbs)
1 cup good apple cider
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup coarse ground mustard (the kind with whole mustard seeds in it)
1/4 cup honey
Heat oven to 350F with rack on lower position.
Mix together apple cider, brown sugar, mustard, and honey in a bowl.  Mix well to fully incorporate basting sauce.
Place ham in a 13×9 baking dish.  Coat ham with a generous amount of sauce.  Bake for 60-70 minutes, basting thoroughly  every 15 minutes.
To serve pre-cut slices, arrange slices neatly on a serving dish and brush leftover sauce all over ham slices and serve.  If serving ham whole, be sure to have leftover sauce available for drizzling.  The sauce is what makes this ham so great!
*Note:  This sauce is more of a thin au jus consistency, rather than a thick gravy texture.  If you prefer your sauce to be thicker, simply thicken it by bringing leftover sauce to a low boil.  Dissolve a bit of cornstarch (start with 1-2 tsp) in a little bit of water (about 1-2 tsp) and add dissolved cornstarch to the boiling sauce.  Stir constantly until sauce is thickened to your liking.  If you still want it thicker, add more dissolved cornstarch.  (Never addundissolved cornstarch directly to any boiling sauce, or it will become clumpy.)

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