There is nothing more elegant on your table than a traditional Christmas ham. Buy your favorite brand of ham, and prepare it the traditional way for an unforgettable Christmas dinner.
Score the ham in a diamond-shaped pattern by using the small sharp knife. Depending on the size of the ham, place the lines approximately 2 to 3 inches apart and less than ½ inch deep. Do not make one continuous score; make several smaller ones.
Place the pineapple slices on the ham, making sure the pineapple slices are touching each other. Secure the pineapple slices to the ham with at least 2 toothpicks in each slice.
Put 1 maraschino cherry in the middle of each pineapple slice using a toothpick to secure it.
Insert the whole cloves into the scores you’ve made. Make a decorative pattern with them, making sure to place them evenly.
Place the ham in the roasting pan. Place a small amount of water in the bottom of the roaster, approximately ½ cup.
Cover the ham with the lid or with heavy-duty foil.
Bake on low heat, approximately 300-325 degrees for an hour.
Remove lid or foil and continue baking for 15 to 30 more minutes, depending on your oven.
Remove ham from oven and let sit at least 15 minutes before carving; this will keep the juices in.
- 1 ham, not spiral sliced
- 12-ounce can of pineapple slices
- 8-ounce jar of whole maraschino cherries
- 10 to 20 whole cloves
- Large roasting pan with lid
- Turkey baster
- Small sharp knife