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Cider-Baked Country Ham

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 1 hour + standing


16-20 servings

This is the best ham I've ever made. I've served it often to family and friends, and each time I get requests for the recipe.


  • 1/2 bone-in fully cooked ham (5 to 7 pounds)
  • 2 quarts apple cider or apple juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Whole cloves
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard


  1. Place ham in a Dutch oven or large kettle. Add cider, peppercorns and bay leaf. Add enough water just to cover; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Drain, reserving 3 cups cooking liquid; discard peppercorns and bay leaf. Remove skin from ham if desired; score the surface with shallow cuts, making diamond shapes. Insert whole cloves in the center of each diamond. Combine applesauce, horseradish and mustard; rub over ham.
  3. Place ham on a rack in shallow roasting pan; pour reserved liquid into pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until a thermometer reads 140°. Remove from the oven; cover with foil and let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 278 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 1537mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein.

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