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Rita's Sweet Holiday Baked Ham


"This is my mom's holiday ham recipe. She would cook this easy recipe on my birthday. Made with maraschino cherries, sliced pineapples, brown sugar, honey and much more yummy ingredients. You'll love this ham dinner, and it's not just for the holidays, but great any time of year!"
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2 h 20 m servings 667 cals
Original recipe yields 24 servings


  • Calories:
  • 667 kcal
  • 33%
  • Fat:
  • 42.1 g
  • 65%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.1g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 42.1 g
  • 84%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 127 mg
  • 42%
  • Sodium:
  • 2918 mg
  • 117%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the maple syrup, orange juice, ginger ale, brown sugar and honey. Stir in the juice from the maraschino cherries, and half of the cherries. Score the outer edge of the ham with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern. Cuts should be about 1/4 inch deep. This will allow the ham to soak up the juice.
  3. Place the ham into an oven bag, and carefully pour the juice mixture over it, keeping all of the juice in the bag. It may look like there is too much juice, but the ham will soak it up while baking. Place the pineapples onto the top of the ham, and secure with toothpicks. Place cherries into the centers of the rings, and secure with toothpicks also. Tie the end of the bag closed with the ties provided, place in a large roasting pan, and cut a few small slits in the top of the oven bag.
  4. Bake the ham for 2 hours in the preheated oven. The internal temperature should be 160 degrees F (80 degrees C) when done. Be sure not to touch the bone when taking the temperature. Remove ham from bag to a serving plate, and let stand for 10 minutes before carving.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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It was the first time I had ever cooked ham in a bag and it was truly excellent. I did not cook it for 2 hrs at 350, I slow roasted it at 200 for about 6 hours and the flavor went all though the...

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I'd give it two stars, but the ingredients were expensive, and the sauce has a peculiar aftertaste and not a very pleasant aroma. I started with an excellent spiral ham that would have done wel...

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It was the first time I had ever cooked ham in a bag and it was truly excellent. I did not cook it for 2 hrs at 350, I slow roasted it at 200 for about 6 hours and the flavor went all though the...

Mmmmmmm!!!! This is the first ham I've ever made, and I made it for Christmas dinner, along with scalloped potatoes, baked dill carrots, corn pudding, rolls, and salad. It was just myself, my ...

Wow, I made this recipe today and have NEVER heard anyone rave about how juicy a ham was until today. I used an 8-lb. butt portion, and scaled the recipe to 18 servings. I placed the dressed u...

Excellent recipe. This will be my standard method of preparing ham from now on. I deviated from the recipe somewhat in that I forgot to buy oven bags at the store. Therefore I scored my ham, ...

This was good, but I was a bit disappointed with the flavor. I didn't use an oven bag so that I could baste the ham, but it still did not have as much flavor as I would have liked. The most fl...

This is the best tasting ham I have ever made or tasted that anyone else has ever made! I have never been able to make great ham and I have finally found the perfect recipe! EVERYONE LOVED this ...

I made this for thanksgiving. The ham got eaten WELL before the turkey. Went over great and smelled SOOO good when it was cooking. I made sure to baste it ALOT.

Made this ham for Easter Sunday and got rave reviews from the family. I did a 9 pound shank and cooked it at 300 degrees for a little over three hours, basting every half hour or so. (I didn't...

pretty easy and good...