Baked Ham with Raspberry Glaze 

If you want to prepare a meal that looks like you went to a good deal of effort, but the preparation was simple and easy, try this recipe featuring raspberry glazed ham. 

You can continue the simplicity of preparing the meal by adding potatoes baked in the oven along with the ham.  Start your meal with a salad, using one of the many salad kits available in the produce section of your favorite store.  With the salad kits, everything is included.  You toss the salad into a bowl and combine the salad greens with the dressing in the kit. 

Applesauce always go well with ham, so you can add a dish of prepared applesauce to the meal.   There are many varieties of vegetables available in steam bags to prepare in your microwave.  Steam one or two of your favorite veggies and you have your meal complete. 

Serve some fresh fruit for dessert or you can purchase a ready-made cake or pie to finish the meal. 

Raspberry Glazed Ham 

1 fully cooked boneless smoked ham, 4-5 lbs.2 Tbsp lemon juice 

1/3 cup seedless red raspberry jam¼ cup dry white wine 

2 tsp. cornstarch1 Tbsp. butter 

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Score the top of the ham and then place the ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.Place roasting pan with ham into heated oven and bake uncovered for 1-3/4 hours.  When the cooking time for the ham is nearly complete, in a small saucepan, blend the wine and lemon juice with the cornstarch.  Add approximately one-half of the jam to the lemon, wine and cornstarch mixture.  Cook this mixture over a low heat until it is bubbly and has thickened.  Stir in remaining jam and butter.  Heat and stir until butter is melted.   

When ham is finished baking remove it from the oven and use a brush to coat the ham with the raspberry glaze.  Return pan to oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Spoon any remaining glaze that has dripped into the baking dish back over the ham.  If desired, garnish the baked ham with watercress.  Allow the ham to rest a few minutes before carving. 

If you have ham leftover from your meal, there are lots of ways to use the leftovers.  You can store your leftover ham in the refrigerator for several days.  If you don’t plan to use the ham within a few days, then freeze the leftovers for a later time. 

Your leftover ham will be great in a sandwich, either cold or warmed, with or without cheese and lettuce, tomato and either mayonnaise or mustard.  You can dice some of the meat and include it in an omelet.  Slice strips of ham and use them in a tossed salad.  Use some diced ham to flavor baked beans or add some diced ham to a dish of green peas for extra flavor. 

Baked ham is a simple meal to prepare and the leftovers work well in many dishes.