Glazed Holiday Ham

1 (whole or half) ham, sliced
1 can sliced pineapples
1 jar of cherries
Several whole cloves

Some meat departments offer to string (wrap) or squire the ham after slicing it. If this is not available to you, simply use a cotton string such as crochet thread. Wrap the ham lengthwise at least two times, then across the width twice. This will help prevent the ham from drying out while baking. Place ham in baking dish, about two inches deep. Place sliced pineapples all over the ham, holding them in place with toothpicks (broken in half). In the center of each pineapple place a cherry held in place with toothpick. Now, stick whole cloves about 4-5 to each pineapple.

1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tbs mustard

Heat all the ingredients in a small saucepan until dissolved, then pour over prepared ham. Continue to baste ham in this manner throughout the baking process. Bake for one hour at 300F. Place ham on your favorite holiday serving platter and remove strings or remove the squires before attempting to serve.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana