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Easy Citrus Ham

Easter was a HUGE holiday growing up in my Italian family.   As years went on, we got away from the big gathering and spent it more casually, like taking a ride to the beach and having a picnic.   We do enjoy Easter dishes though, so at some point in April I'll make a ham and sides.

I got a great deal on a bone-in spiral ham, and ran across this recipe on the Taste of Home site.  Using the slow cooker was great, freed up the oven.   We like a sweet glaze on our ham, and this was sweet without being overly so.    The crystallized ginger is what really puts it over the top, gives it a little 'warmth" without being spicy.   Thanks so much to Sheila C for sharing her recipe!

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                             Easy Citrus Ham

  1                     boneless fully cooked ham (3 to 4 pounds)- used bone in spiral
     1/2           cup  packed dark brown sugar
  1                can  lemon-lime soda -- (12 ounces) divided- used Sprite
  1             medium  navel orange -- thinly sliced
  1             medium  lemon -- thinly sliced
  1             medium  lime -- thinly sliced
  1         tablespoon  chopped crystallized ginger

 Cut ham in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and 1/4 cup soda; rub over ham. Top with orange, lemon and lime slices. Add candied ginger and remaining soda to the slow cooker.

    Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 140°, basting occasionally with cooking juices. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Originally published as Easy Citrus Ham in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2011, p48




Carlee said…
This sounds amazing and I love that it leaves the oven space for everything else!
I love the citrus flavors. I normally use Vernors (a ginger ale made in Michigan) for the liquid in my ham but I can see how the citrus drink would work as well.
We love ham and the citrus flavors in this recipe sound amazing. I've never made a ham in the slow cooker. Always love freeing up the oven.
Val said…
I love that this is made in the slow cooker! The oven is a busy spot on Easter so this works out nicely!
Jan said…
I could easily use the splenda brown sugar and sugar free sprite to reduce the sugar for my diabetic hubby and still enjoy this light and fruity glaze! Thanks for the recipe!
Amy said…
Yum! That looks amazing! I love ham!
Chris said…
I am no good at ham glazes. I always wind up burning them or completely forgetting about them. I definitely have to try yours. Maybe I'll have luck this time!
Jolene said…
Not to mention, it could be snowing or 80 degrees in April here in New England- nice to not have to run the stove in case of power outage or heatwave :)
Jolene said…
My college roommate was from Michigan and she always talked about Vernors!
Jolene said…
More room in the oven for desserts, we always seem to have 3 times as many of those as we do anything else :)
Jolene said…
Definitely! I've baked with the Splenda brown sugar for my dad and have had great success with it.
Jolene said…
My son can take it or leave it, but he went back for 3rds of this one, so definitely a winner here!
Jolene said…
My first ham ever I used the glaze packet that came with the ham, forgot to set the timer and got distracted. We ended up having grilled cheese for dinner, oops!
Jolene said…
I've made a ham with orange before, but really loved the addition of the lemon and lime to this!
Unknown said…
Love using the slow cooker to make life easier. Yum!
Jolene said…
I really don't use mine enough, I need to change that!
Unknown said…
Ham is already a great Easter recipe, but I think using the citrus makes it that much more Spring-y!
Jolene said…
Especially here in New England where we can still be looking at snow while we have Easter dinner- nothing like some colorful citrus to brighten my mood!
Val said…
I'm intrigued with the Sprite with the ham! I'm going to have to try this with ours! Thanks for linking the recipe up on the #Celebrate365 Easter Recipes Blog Party!
Jolene said…
Thank you so much for hosting!
Val said…
Thanks again for linking up your recipe on the Celebrate 365 Easter Recipes Blog Party - I included your post in my round-up recap:
Jolene said…
Thank you so much! I'll be sure to share it :)

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