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April 18, 2019

by Carol Cope

Carol Cope

Yesterday as we were in a snow storm, I called all my friends and wished them a Merry Christmas…,  just for your information, I have not lost it but I was the first to wish them this. 
Now for some Easter dishes for all to enjoy…..Easter Ham or Leg of Lamb are usually the meat for this holiday so I have several dishes you can make and also dishes for the leftovers. 


1 5 pound canned ham or precooked boneless ham
1 10 ounce jar apple jelly or guava jelly
1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
1/3 cup pineapple juice
2 Tbsp. dry white wine
Cherry Sauce:

1 1 pound 5 ounce can  cherry pie filling
1/2 cup light raisins

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Place ham fat side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.  Heat slowly  about 1 1/2 hours for the 5 pound ham.  Remove ham from oven 1/2 hour prior to end of heating and score fat in a diamond pattern.
In a medium saucepan, combine jelly and mustard;  stir in pineapple juice and wine.  Cook and stir to a boiling point then simmer 2 to 3 minutes.. Pour 1/3 of the glaze over ham and return to oven.  Spoon remaining over ham in 10 minute intervals.
In a sauce pan,  heat cherry pie filling and raisins to a boiling point, stirring occasionally.  Remove ham to a serving platter and add glaze from baking pan to cherry sauce.  Bring again to a boiling point then spoon over the ham on platter.  Use remainder of sauce to pass with the ham…..Yummy, Yummy……..


1 15 to 20 pound uncooked ham
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 oven bag (23 1/2 x 19 inches).

Place ham in a large container and cover with water, let stand 24 hours.  Drain and scrub ham in warm water with a stiff brush, then rinse well.
Add to bag the flour, then twist and shake.  Place ham in oven bag, fat side up, then place bag in a 2 inch deep roasting pan.  Insert meat thermometer into ham, making sure that it does not touch fat or bone.  
Close bag with a tie;  cut 6 (1/2 inch) slits in top of bag.  Cover with aluminum foil.  Bake at 325 degrees for 4 hours.  Then remove foil and return to oven for 1 more hour or until meat thermometer reaches 140 degrees.   Remove ham from oven and cool slightly.  Slice ham and serve with Raisin sauce…Recipe below,

Raisin sauce:
2 cups raisins
1 1/2 cups  water
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. grated orange rind
3 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Pinch of salt

Bring the first 3 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.  Combine sugar and the next 3 ingredients;  stir into raisin mixture.  Return to boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Stir in walnuts or pecans.  Serve over baked ham. 
Very good and super tasty……This ham should yield 45  servings, 
depending on the size of servings…..


2 sticks butter at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup honey
2 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together until it is the consistency you want..you can refrigerate until ready to serve with meal.  
This is so good and will go so well with your home made biscuits…..

To everyone,  have a very Happy and Blessed Easter
Carol Jean

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