Baked Fresh Ham with Apple-Cranberry Sauce
- 5 to 6-pound fresh ham
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Apple-Cranberry Sauce:
- 6 apples, split in 1/2
- 2 cups cranberries, (if not fresh, frozen is fine)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon pickling spice
- 1 tablespoon black mustard seeds
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 (1-inch) piece ginger
- 1 1/2 cups apple juice
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Score fat and put ham, fat side up, in a roasting pan. Rub with extra-virgin olive oil and season with plenty of salt and pepper all over. Cover loosely with foil and roast for 2 hours. Remove foil and roast for final hour uncovered.
In a large saucepan add all the sauce ingredients and simmer for 25 minutes until apples are almost falling apart and the sauce is fragrant. Remove cinnamon stick, bay leaf, and ginger then puree in a blender until completely smooth. Serve with baked fresh ham.
Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello