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Monday, March 14, 2016


Easter is fast approaching. For many families ham is the go-to entrĂ©e for Easter dinner, myself included. However, ham takes a long time to cook in the oven, and that often means the cook is excluded from other special events that day. To the rescue is your slow cooker! If you’ve never thought of cooking a ham in your slow cooker, I can assure you, once you try it, you’ll never again use your oven to bake your holiday ham.

Slow Cooker Ham

Serves 10-12

8-9 lb. spiral-cut ham
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Place a liner inside a large slow cooker. (It makes clean-up a breeze!) Place the ham cut side down into the slow cooker.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the orange juice, water, maple syrup, mustard, and cloves. Whisk until the mixture comes to a simmer.

Pour the liquid on top of the ham. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours, basting with the liquid in-between church, the Easter egg hunt, and anything else you have planned for the day.

Transfer the cooked ham to a serving platter. Pour the liquid into a large saucepan. Bring to a high simmer and cook 10 minutes to reduce the liquid. Pour over ham.


Angela Adams said...

Easter and ham always remind me of my grandmother -- she always put pineapple on it. Thanks for the recipe.


Angela, I usually make a relish of pineapple chunks, whole cranberry sauce, mandarin oranges, and walnuts to go with my ham. It's also great with turkey.