Ham With Cherry Chutney

Ham With Cherry Chutney
4.5 from 2 ratings
I’m not a big fan of sweet glazes and pineapple slices covering up the delicious flavor of the smoked meat. Instead, I offer tangy, bold mustards, pickles, relishes and chutneys on the side to complement the meat. This triple cherry chutney boasts a bit of bourbon and mustard to counter the fruits’ sweet nature. It tastes great with a smoky ham as well as roast duck, grilled chicken and pork chops. Try it on top of toast spread with goat cheese or mascarpone.
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Easter Ham with Cherry Chutney
Total time: 2.48 hours
  • 1 cooked, bone-in butt end ham, about 8 pounds
  • 1/2 cup beer or apple cider
  • fresh parsley
  • triple cherry bourbon chutney
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen, pitted, dark sweet cherries, about 3 cups
  • 1 package (5 ounces) dried tart red cherries, about 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup (about 5 ounces) cherry preserves or cherry jam
  • 2 tablespoon bourbon
  • 2 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, optional
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place 8 lb. cooked, bone-in ham, cut side down in a large baking pan. Pour 1/2 cup beer and 1/2 cup water around the ham. Cover the ham completely with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil; seal the foil to the edges of the baking pan.
  3. Bake ham 12 to 15 minutes per pound, until a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer registers 140 degrees, 1 ½ to 2 hours. Remove from oven.
  4. Let ham rest 10 minutes. Then transfer it to carving board. Serve ham in thin slices. Garnish with parsley. Pass the chutney.
  5. In a small saucepan, stir together 12 oz. dark sweet cherries, 5 oz. dried tart cherries, 5 oz. cherry preserves, 2 tablespoons bourbon, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, pepper and salt. Add 1/2 cup water; heat to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to very low. Simmer uncovered, stirring often, until thickened and cherries have collapsed and liquid has thickened a bit, about 15 minutes.
  7. Stir in dissolved 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water. Heat to a boil until mixture thickens. Cool.
  8. Stir in balsamic vinegar to taste, if using. Serve at room temperature.