I made this beautiful Cherry-Glazed Ham for Christmas dinner, and it was a hit with my Aunt Peach! Though the recipe calls for an entire smoked picnic ham, I thought it would be easier and less expensive to just use deli meat. What you see in the photo above is a square of sliced Oscar Meyer smoked ham that I glazed in cherry jello. The toothpicks hold the slices together during glazing. To make it even more beautiful, I topped it with candied pineapple slices I found at the supermarket! A lovely wreath of cut spinach, punctuated with cubes of cherry jello, makes a festive and edible garnish. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!
From Joys of Jell-O
“An ever-so-simple, beautiful red glaze that makes a ham festive.”
1 smoked picnic ham
1 package (3 oz.) Jell-O Cherry Gelatin
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup boiling water
Bake ham according to directions given on wrapper, removing ham from oven about 45 minutes before baking period is finished. Remove rind, score fat, and garnish with whole cloves. Dissolve Jell-O Gelatin and sugar in boiling water. Pour about a third of the mixture over ham and return to oven. Allow to bake remaining 45 minutes, basting frequently with remaining gelatin mixture.
To serve hot, slice ham and serve, using drippings in pan for sauce. To serve hold, place ham on serving platter and cool; then chill for several hours. Meanwhile, pour drippings into a cup or bowl and let stand a few minutes; then skim off fat. Pour remainder into a shallow pan. Chill until firm. Just before serving, flake or cube and place around ham.
NOTE: To glaze a large smoked ham, use 1 package (6 oz.) Jell-O Cherry Gelatin, 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, and 2 cups boiling water.