Thursday, February 11, 2010

Clove Infused Brown Sugar Baked Ham Recipe

Here is my own Clove Infused Brown Sugar Baked Ham recipe. I used a 5+ Pound Smithfield Virginia Smoked Picnic which cost under $8.50. We got several meals from it and had enough to make sandwiches and scrambled eggs with ham.
Preheat oven to 350. Place Ham, but not the juices in a roasting pan, fat side up. Using a very sharp knife, score the Ham in 2 directions. The first set of lines should be diagonal in 1 direction and the second set following the opposite diagonal line. You should wind up with a harlequin pattern. If you have 12-18 Cloves, which I like to use, add them now. On a budget though it is not necessary. Using a toothpick, make holes in the center of each diamond. Add a clove to each hole allowing the bulb end of the clove to be visable. Bake in the center of the oven for about an hour. Remove ham from oven and increase oven to 425. Carefully top the hot ham with 1/4 - 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar. It will only burn if it hits the pan, so try to get it between all of the cuts and it will melt in place. Return to oven for 8-10 minutes. Let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing thinly. Serve with Fresh Pineapple for a tasty compliment. Enjoy!

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