By Brandy Summers
A delicious twist on the traditional baked ham, featuring stuffing baked on top of the ham.
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup egg substitute
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 cups soft bread cubes, 1/4-inch thick
1 (12 pound) fully cooked bone in ham
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large skillet, saute the onion, celery and the parsley in butter until tender.
In a large bowl, combine the egg substitute, milk, sage, thyme and salt. Add in the bread cubes and vegetable mixture; toss well.
On the outside of the ham, cut five parallel wedges; space 1-1/2-inches apart. Wedges should be 1/2-inch wide and 1-1/2-inches deep. Repeat in the opposite direction to form diamond shapes.
Spoon stuffing into wedges. Place the ham on a rack inside a shallow baking pan. Cover loosely with a foil tent. Bake for 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Make ham glaze. Remove foil from ham and drizzle glaze on top, Put ham back in the oven and bake for another 30 to 45 minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 140 degrees. Let the ham stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, orange juice and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved.
Makes 15 to 18 servings.
Recipes for Christmas Dinner: Rosemary Au Gratin Potatoes
Creamy potatoes with rosemary, garlic and cheese.
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups half and half cream
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour; stir until smooth. Gradually add in the cream. Bring to a boil; stirring for 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat.
Add the rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper and potatoes; mix well.
Transfer all to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Recipes for Christmas Dinner: Roasted Asparagus
A simple, yet elegant side dish.
4 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Layer two 15x10x1-inch baking dishes with foil.
Arrange asparagus in a single layer in baking dishes. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle on salt and pepper.
Bake, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until asparagus is crisp and tender. Turn over once during baking. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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