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Originally published Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 12:00 AM

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Recipe: Cherry-Sauced Ham

Serves 15

- 1 (5-pound) fully cooked boneless ham

- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

- 1 cup dry sherry

- 1 cup cherry spread or cherry jam

- 2 teaspoons pink peppercorns (see Times Kitchen Note *)

- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

- 8 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces (see Times Kitchen Note **)

1. Remove ham from refrigerator 1 hour before baking. Place on a rack in a roasting pan and rub with mustard. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees on a meat thermometer.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring sherry to a boil and reduce for about 2 minutes. Add cherry spread, peppercorns and cloves; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in butter a little at a time to thicken the sauce.

3. Slice the ham and nap with some of the sauce. Serve with the remaining sauce.

Times Kitchen Notes:

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*Freeze-dried green peppercorns can be substituted for the pink peppercorns in this recipe. Or simply add freshly ground black pepper to taste to the finished sauce.

** The butter can be reduced by half in this recipe.

From Stewart Vineyards

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