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Ham with Cherry Sauce

Ham with Cherry SauceTurn a baked ham into a festive meal with this colorful and easy to make cherry sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 pound fully cooked boneless ham
Whole cloves
Fresh parsley sprigs

Cherry Sauce:
2 (14.5-ounce) cans red tart pitted cherries in juice, undrained
2/3 to 3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup Equal® Spoonful*
Red food coloring (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Ham: Place meat in roasting pan; stud with cloves. Roast ham in preheated 325°F (160°C) oven about 1 1/2 hours or until thermometer inserted in center of ham registers 160°F (70°C).
  2. For Cherry Sauce: Drain cherries, reserving juice in 2 cup glass measure. Add enough pineapple juice to make 2 cups. Combine juice mixture and lemon juice in medium saucepan. Whisk in cornstarch until smooth.
  3. Heat to boiling, whisking constantly. Stir in cherries. Cook over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through. Stir in Equal® and food coloring. (Makes about 4 1/2 cups.)
  4. Slice ham and arrange on platter. Place bowl of Cherry Sauce in the center. Garnish with parsley.

Makes 6 servings.

*May substitute 24 packets sweetener.

Tip: 2 (16-ounce) packages frozen unsweetened pitted cherries, thawed, can be substituted for canned cherries. Drain cherries thoroughly. Add enough pineapple juice to make 2 cups. Proceed as recipe directs.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): calories 156, protein 18 g, carbohydrate 9 g, fat 5 g, cholesterol 45 mg, sodium 1027 mg.

Food Exchanges: 2 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 fruit.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Merisant Corporation ® and the NutraSweet Company, makers of Equal®.

Information on the artificial sweetener Aspartame.