Friday, October 16, 2009

Cuban Holiday Ham

Summer is hanging on here in Florida. Feels like temperature today is going to be something like 90 degrees. There is a small cold front moving in this weekend and I'm really looking forward to cooling off, even if it is just for a day or two.

I often make a ham when the weather is hot just so I can use the leftovers during the week. No heating up the kitchen for me, especially when I am patiently waiting for Fall to arrive.

Before we know it the Holiday's will be here and I thought I would share with you my recipe for this Cuban Holiday Ham. It combines some of my favorite Florida flavors oranges, limes and cola. Not only does it taste good, it looks great too!


1 6-8 Low Sodium Ham
2 Florida Oranges
2-3 Limes
Several Cinnamon sticks
Salt and Fresh ground Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 12 ounce can cola
1/4 cup dark rum
1/4 cup golden raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Remove ham from package, rinse and pat dry. Slice oranges and limes into 1/4 inch thick slices. Stack a lime slice on top of each orange slice. Place the fruit stacks onto the ham and secure each with a cinnamon stick.

In a small bowl mix together the cumin, apple pie spice, cola and rum. Pour half of the mixture over the ham, season with salt and pepper.

Place the ham in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour, basting every 2o minutes. Remove from the oven and let set 15 minutes before serving.

Meanwhile, add the remaining marinade and raisins to a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook gently until thick and bubbly. Transfer the sauce to a small bowl and serve with the ham for passing.


Mary said...

This looks so festive. I wish I'd had this recipe when the kids were here this summer. With just two here in the house it will be awhile before I try this, but the plan is to try it when I have a gang at the table. Have a great day.

~~louise~~ said...

I love the combination of flavors and spices. Festive indeed!!!

You are so lucky to be hanging on to summer. It's been rainy & blustery for what seems like days in New York and my house in PA is covered in snow!!!

Thanks for sharing...

Allie said...

Oh, I am already drooling! sounds delicious I love your combination of flavors!

Smita Srivastava said...

Came across ur blog while searching some yummy recipes for sweet potato ,-jus loved the Sweet potato fry n chips recipe .....
Greatly impressed with the Cuban Ham presentation ....

I have a food art blog
Do sneak a peek when time permits .
- Smita

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