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Catholic Recipe: Cider-Baked Ham Slices


  • 2 center ham slices, cut 2-1/2 inches thick
  • whole cloves
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups sweet cider
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


Serves: 8

Prep Time: 3 hours

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Cost: $$$$

For Ages:21+



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The cider baked ham slices are accompanied by a spice filled sauce and an egg garnish.


Score ham fat; stud with whole cloves. Brown ham slices on both sides in hot oil. Place in baking pan; add onions, bay leaf, sugar, and cider. Cover; bake at 350┬░ for 2 hours, basting often with cider in pan. Drain liquid from pan into measuring cup; measure 1/2 cup; combine with corn syrup and raisins; bring to a boil. Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch; blend with a little of the hot sauce; add to sauce. Cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened. Serve with ham. Makes 8 servings. For egg garnish: shell hard-cooked eggs; drop into bowls of water to which food coloring has been added. Let stand, turning often, until they are desired color. Cut in half crosswise; remove yolks. Scallop whites with sharp knife. Mash yolks with a little mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. Press yolk mixture through pastry tube, using rose tip, to fill whites. Place around ham slices. Makes 8 servings.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965