Cherry-Glazed Ham with Fresh Basil
When shopping, look for a ham with the lowest possible percentage of water. Choose an unglazed ham, and if your ham comes with a glaze packet, discard it. While you can choose either the butt half or the shank half, the butt half will give more succulent texture and a more distinct flavor.
Molasses-Bourbon Barbecue Glaze
In a medium saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup finely chopped onion; cook for 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add 2/3 cup molasses, 1/4 cup coarse ground mustard, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons bourbon (if desired) and 1/2 teaspoon hot or mild chili powder. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Use as directed above in place of the Cherry Basil Glaze and omit sprinkling the chopped fresh basil over the sliced ham.
Nutrition analysis per serving: 347 calories, 38 g protein, 10 g carbohydrate, 17 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 117 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 10 g total sugar, 2% Vitamin A, 1% Vitamin C, 1345 mg sodium, 4% calcium, 16% iron