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Holiday Cola Baked Ham recipe

We can thank innovative Southern cooksfor incorporating a popular soft drink into traditional holidayfare. Unusual combination of ingredients or not, the end resultof this recipe is one of the tastiest hams ever.

Another delicious recipe from our Family-FavoriteRecipes Collection.

Recipe: Holiday Cola BakedHam

1 (10 to 12 pound) bone-in hamWhole cloves1 (1-pound) box dark brown sugar1 (12-ounce) can cola-flavored carbonatedbeverage (not diet)1 (14-ounce) can pineapple rings, drainedand the juice reserved1 cup sweet concord grape wine10 to 12 maraschino cherries

  • Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
  • Using a sharp knife, remove the rind fromham. Score surface of ham crosswiseand lengthwise, forming a crisscrosspattern about 1/4-inch deep and 1-inchapart. Place 1 clove in the center of eachsquare.
  • Place ham, fat side up, in a roastingpan. Press brown sugar onto the surfaceof the ham. Expect some sugar to fallinto the roasting pan.
  • Place in ovenand bake until brown sugar just begins to melt,about 30 minutes.
  • Pour the cola over ham, mixing with meltedsugar in bottom of roasting pan. Baste hamwith the cola mixture and bake an additional 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine reserved pineapplejuice and the wine in a small bowl.Baste ham with pineapple mixture every20 minutes.
  • Bake ham for a total of 16 minutes perpound. During the last 20 minutes ofbaking time, remove ham from oven anddecorate with the pineapple rings.Use 2 to 3 wooden picks to hold each ring inplace. Place a cherry in the center of each ring, also using a wooden pick. Return to oven andcontinue to bake the final 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to stand forat least 15 minutes before transferringto serving platter.
  • Skim excess fat from pan juices and servewith the ham.

    Serves 12 to 16.

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