My dad had a side job as a butcher. He would pick out the meat for a holiday and often prepared it himself. And ham was always his choice meat for Easter. He would present it to the family like a masterpiece before he took it back to the kitchen to carve it.
In our busy lives, I am constantly looking for recipes to make our special meals easier. We found this great recipe for ham that takes no oven space and very little prep time. And because the ham cooks as a whole ham in the slow cooker, it still can be a masterpiece, as my dad would have insisted!
If you haven’t already planned your Easter menu, consider this recipe. Or take a look at your favorite Fix-It and Forget-It cookbook for more ideas to help save you time on Easter Sunday.
Ham in Cider
Fix-It and Forget-It Diabetic, page 60
Makes 6 to 8 servings
Ideal slow cooker size: 4- to 5-quart
3-lb. boneless, precooked, extra-lean, lower-sodium ham, trimmed of fat
4 cups sweet cider, or apple juice
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup brown sugar substitute
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp ground cloves
1 cup white seedless raisins
1. Place ham and cider in slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on Low 8-10 hours.
3. Remove ham from cider and place in a baking pan. (Reserve juice in cooker.)
4. Make a paste of brown sugar, sugar substitute, mustard, cloves, and a little hot cider. Brush over ham. Pour ½ cup of juice from slow cooker into baking pan. Stir in raisins.
5. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, until the paste has turned into a glaze.
Basic Nutritional Values: Calories 255 (Calories from Fat 26), Total Fat 3 gm (Saturated Fat 1.0 gm, Polyunsat Fat 0.6 gm, Monounsat Fat 1.0 gm, Cholesterol 67 mg), Sodium 1194 mg, Total Carbohydrate 31 gm, Dietary Fiber 1 gm, Sugars 28 gm, Protein 27 gm