A Caribbean Christmas baked ham

A simple and easy traditional Christmas ham with a delicious pineapple glaze.

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    A clove-studded Christmas ham basted with a pineapple glaze.
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Baked ham
Yield: 12 (6-ounce) servings

Recommended: Appetizer: Bacon wrapped baked plantains


1 (5-pound) frozen ham, cured and fully cooked, defrosted
Whole cloves
1/2 cup pineapple jam
1/4 cup water


Roasting pan with rack
Small Saucepan
Basting brush

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the rind (skin) of ham by running a knife along the edge and peeling it back with your hands

Remove some of the excess fat leaving at least 1/4-inch of fat around it.

Take a sharp knife and cut crossways and then diagonally to create a diamond pattern.

Set ham on rack of roasting pan.

Stud ham with cloves in the center of each diamond-cut; transfer ham to preheated oven

Meanwhile, gently warm pineapple jam and water in a small saucepan, whisking to incorporate.

Baste ham with pineapple jam glaze one hour after it has been in the oven, and every 1/2 hour thereafter until the ham has been baking for 2 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.

Remove from oven and let rest, covered with foil to keep warm, for 10 – 15 minutes before carving.

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