Treat yourself to a special meal when you really don't have the time to prepare it! This quick and easy special dish is perfect for busy weeknights or when you have unexpected guests.
Score your ham by cutting diagonally in a diamond patter and then stud with the cloves. Put the ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert a meat thermometer ensuring that the thermometer does not touch the ham bone. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2 hours or until the meat thermometer reads 135 degrees. Allow the ham to cool before cubing and placing in freezer safe containers. The ham can be frozen for up to 3 months.
To use the frozen baked ham, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then serve with the cherry relish.
To make cherry relish, combine 1/4 sugar, 1/4 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons cherry brandy or orange juice and 2 tablespoons water in a large saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Add 1 cup of dried tart red cherries, bring to a boil, reduce heat and then stir for about 5 minutes or until the cherries have softened. Remove the relish from the heat. Stir in the toasted pecans and shredded orange peel. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Baked Cherry Relish Ham yields about 8 servings.
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