Recipe: Christmas Ham

Christmas ham comes in a wide range of assortments. It very well may be dry-cured with salt or wet-cured in salty water. Dry-cured ones will in general be exceptionally salty. For Christmas, a great many people use ham that has been cured in salty water with a blend of salt, sugar, flavorings, and spices. These kinds of ham are typically smoked, baked, then glazed before serving.

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 hours
  • Total time: 5hours 20 minutes

Health Benefits

  • Good source of vitamins and minerals
  • This recipe contains high amino acid content which is essential for growth
  • The protein content in Ham is 30 percent higher than in other meat. Therefore, it is good for child growth.


  • 1 (5 pound) bone-in ham
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves
  • 1 quart peach nectar
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple rings, juice drained and reserved
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, juice drained and reserved


  • Place ham into a large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer ham for 1 to 2 hours. Cut away and discard any rind and visible fat.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • Score the ham in a diamond pattern and place into a roasting pan. Stir Dijon mustard and brown sugar in a bowl until thoroughly combined; brush mustard mixture onto the ham. Press a whole clove into the center of each scored diamond shape. Pour peach nectar into the roasting pan. Mix pineapple and maraschino liquid in a small bowl.
  • Bake ham in the preheated oven for 3 hours, basting frequently with the pineapple juice mixture and peach nectar.
  • Arrange pineapple rings over the ham and secure with toothpicks. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring with a toothpick.
  • Bake ham until cooked, tender, and fragrant, 1 to 2 more hours, basting ham and fruit frequently with pineapple juice mixture and pan juices.

Nutritional Information

Serving per recipe: 10

Serving size: 1(100g)

Amount per serving 

Calories      607kcal
Total fat  30.3g
Saturated fat     11.0g
Cholesterol   11mg
Sodium     2451mg
Total carbohydrate     42.8g
Dietary fiber   1.9g
Sugars   34g
Protein 39.2g
Calcium  43mg
Iron  2mg
Thiamin  1mg
Niacin   16mg
Magnesium   40mg
Folate  7mcg
Potassium 582mg
Vitamin B6   1mg
Vitamin A    3.6mg
Vitamin C       11mg